If you’ve exhausted Netflix over lockdown and you’re now in need of a cultural fix or a burst of artistic inspiration, look no further as we have compiled a selection of Bristol’s best museums and galleries! All are reopening between 18-22 May, so remember to book ahead for tickets for a fun and enriching day out for the whole family.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Situated in an eye-catching building near to the Clifton Triangle, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is full of collections of art, natural history and archeology, and reopens on the 18th May with new exhibitions forming part of Bristol Photo Festival. Why not recharge after your visit with some refreshments at Racks Bar & Kitchen, only a short walk away from the museum.
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If you’re intrigued to learn all about Bristol’s place in the world from prehistoric times up to the modern day then make sure you visit M Shed, located at Princes Wharf. The museum reveals the story of this creative city through films, photographs and interactive displays, and it reopens this summer with a new exhibition focusing on Bristol’s key role in the development of British street art, featuring works from Banksy and other Bristolian artists!
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Located just off Millennium Square, WeTheCurious is one of the UK’s largest science museums which aims to spark the curiosity of its visitors. Featuring interactive displays suitable for the whole family, the museum reopens on the 22nd May with “Project What If”, which explores a range of thought-provoking questions posed by the Bristol community.
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If contemporary art is more your style, then the Arnolifni is an essential part of any tour of Bristol’s best galleries. Inclusive and welcoming, the Arnolfini showcases work across a range of mediums including visual arts, performance, dance, film and music. The venue also has a popular bar with outdoor seating looking onto the Harbourside.
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Reopening on the 19th May, Spike Island is a gallery which features contemporary art exhibitions and a stimulating event programme. Also home to several artists in residence, the gallery takes an active approach to supporting local and international artists at all stages of their careers. After spending a few hours in the gallery why not cross the bridge and make your way back uphill to reward yourself with a meal at No 4. Clifton Village.
From historical artefacts to interactive science exhibitions and contemporary art, each of these museums will spark your curiosity and keep you entertained for hours. If you are planning an extended visit to explore the best of Bristol’s culture why not book a stay at Berkeley Square Hotel, situated in a convenient location for each of these museums.