British Empire & Commonwealth Museum - Bristol

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ADDRESS: Station Approach
Temple Meads
TELEPHONE: 0117 925 4980
British Empire & Commonwealth Museum - Bristol
The award-winning galleries of the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum have been created with children firmly in mind. Numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits tell the story of the biggest empire the world has ever known. Sample exotic spices, learn morse code, dress up in period clothes and find out how our lives are shaped by this shared past – the clothes we wear, the music we enjoy and the food we eat. This is the story of empire…and us!

The Museum’s special exhibition ‘Breaking the Chains - the fight to end Slavery’ tells the story of the slave trade and the campaign of ordinary men and women, both black and white, to end the trade in human beings. Families are encouraged to use a variety of interactive exhibits designed to help children engage with the themes of 'Breaking the Chains'. Hear West African instruments come to life with a unique touch-screen music station and play hands-on puzzles to understand the symbolism and spirituality of West African culture. Make you own Abolitionist bookmark using 18th century printing techniques and read a selection of 19th century children's books that inspired a generation of schoolchildren to understand the horrors of slavery. The main Museum galleries and holiday events are suitable for families aged three years upwards. Breaking the Chains is suitable for all ages from 8 years upwards.

A family ticket to the Museum is just £19.95 for 2 adults and 2 children (or 1 adult and 3 children). Plus, all full paying visitors are entitled to an Annual Pass which allows you unlimited free visits to the Museum’s exhibitions and events* for a whole year. The Museum also has a great gift shop and Caffe Gusto Siesta offering paninis, cakes and coffee with indoor and outdoor seating.

Winner: Good Britain Guide ‘Best Somerset Family Attraction’ *excludes bookable events.