New Museum Opens in Bristol

19 June 2011 (Last Updated June 19th, 2011 18:30)

The £27m M Shed museum in Bristol, UK, opened to the public on 17 June 2011. The museum was designed by Melbourne-based design firm Lab Architecture. M Shed is housed in a refurbished two-storey steel-framed cargo shed that was built in 1951. The sliding doors to

The £27m M Shed museum in Bristol, UK, opened to the public on 17 June 2011.

The museum was designed by Melbourne-based design firm Lab Architecture.

M Shed is housed in a refurbished two-storey steel-framed cargo shed that was built in 1951.

The sliding doors to the quayside that were part of the original structure have been refurbished and motorised and form an integral part of the new structure.

The main exhibition areas are all housed in the warehouse spaces while a second floor housing a function space and a temporary gallery has been added.

The design also includes a west foyer and a main foyer, two distinctly different spaces that act as orientation and breakout spaces for visitors.

The museum project was delayed by two years and is estimated to be around £8m over budget.

The project received £11m from the Heritage Lottery fund, £1.5m from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and other funding from Bristol City Council.