its 25th anniversary in 2003, the museum is situated in an
old loading shed on Princes Wharf.
Still surrounded by the old working tram lines, steam machinery
and working boats, the museum is locked in a visual time warp
of industrial heritage.
steam and electric cranes standing tall on the dockside are
a well-known landmark in the city and an important part of
the museum's working exhibits.
Most summer weekends see them brought to life along with the
museum's two tugs and fire boat - all of which were Bristol-built.
museum's biggest exhibits are brought to life in the summer
enthusiasts can enjoy a train ride along the dockside in one
of the two steam-operated locomotives.
For a real treat, visitors can take the steam train to the
ss Great Britain - Brunel's landmark iron ship - and make
the return journey by ferry boat.
the museum the exhibits are laid out over two floors in five
transport gallery displays a selection of Bristol-built vehicles
and many others including the world's first holiday caravan.
You can see the Lord Mayor's state coach and a Lodekka bus,
which is still used to carry visitors to the City Museum on
history of Bristol docks and the development of the port of
Bristol are told with models, paintings and fascinating objects.
Find out about Bristol's famous ships - John Cabot's Matthew,
famous for its Atlantic crossing to New Foundland in 1497.
A replica built 500 years later which made the same voyage
in 1997, is sited five minutes' walk along the docks.
moored next to it is Brunel's first iron ship the ss Great
Britain, which has its own display.
Industrial Museum also has information about Bristol's historic
links to the slave trade and how the city profited from it.
Visitors can trace the triangular trade between Britain, Africa
and the Caribbean, from its start in 1698 to abolition in
exhibits include Bristol's aerospace industry's mock-up flight
deck of Concorde and "print and pack" - the story
of the print industry.
There are regular hands-on printing activities at weekends
and holiday times.
Museum of Bristol
And the museum is set to expand, thanks to a £10.3m boost
from the the National Lottery.
It is to be adapted to become a new Museum of Bristol which
will "tell the story of the city and its people."
The funding includes £853,000 to transform the Industrial
Museum's present site into a new attraction to house exhibits
already in storage.
The museum's curator of industrial and maritime history, Andy
King, says the money will help transform the Industrial Museum,
giving a wider range of subject and expanding its material.
The building itself will also be growing, with plans to make
the most of the museum's panoramic location.
Part of the building will be given an upper floor and the
plans also include making the most of its current space.
It is hoped that the Museum of Bristol, which will cost more
than £18m in total, will open in 2009.
the Industrial Museum is open throughout the year on Saturday
to Wednesday, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
hours are 10am - 5pm.
to the museum is completely free to everyone.
museum has wheelchair access, parking and toilets.
museum is a five minute walk from Bristol's city centre, next
to Princes Bridge.
museum is well served by local
bus routes and by the river
ferry, which stops at Princes Bridge.
users should leave the M5 at junction 18 or 19 and follow
signs for the city centre. If approaching from the M4, exit
at junction 19 and follow the signs for M32 and city centre.
As you enter the city follow the signs for the ss Great Britain
and then pick up the brown visitor signs for the Industrial
parking is available at the rear of the museum.