Published date 14 May 2024

International Museums Day – explore local, Mayor urges Bath and North East Somerset

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It's International Museum Day this weekend, and what better way to pay homage than to check out one of the many amazing museums in Bristol?

The event on Saturday 18 May aims to raise awareness of how vital museums are for celebrating, restoring and preserving pieces of history and local culture.

It's an opportunity to explore the West’s most impressive buildings - including its hidden gems - right on locals’ doorstep, according to Mayor Dan Norris, who runs the West of England Love Local campaign.

Whatever your interests - from the history of Methodism at John Wesley’s New Room to understanding Bristol’s ship building past, present and future at Underfall Yard - you will find something that appeals and inspires at Bristol’s museums.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “This festival is just around the corner, and it’s such a great way for locals to explore the literally dozens of brilliant local attractions we have right on our doorstep, as well as to find out more about the West of England and its rich heritage.

“So whether it's finding out about the city’s significant role in England's maritime trade in tobacco, wine, cotton and other goods at the Georgian House Museum to checking out the oldest chocolate bar in the world at Frenchay Museum, there really is something for everyone in Bristol.

“Let’s get out there and discover all those amazing museums that make the West so special.”

Mayor Dan Norris is backing Bristol’s museums through his £140,000 mayoral fund designed to support them and other local attractions across the region – including Glenside Hospital Museum plus others.

Museums to visit on International Museum Day:

  • Blaise Museum
  • M Shed
  • Bristol Museum

 Find out more at https://visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/attractions/museums-and-galleries/.

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