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Museums in Bristol History buffs will feel right at home in Bristol where they’ll find a museum around every corner.

Start your journey in the heart of the city centre and pay a visit to The City Museum and Art Gallery [map] on Queen’s Road. Here you’ll find a large collection of exotic exhibitions charting the history of Bristol, as well its connections to the wider world.

The popular Egyptology gallery contains real mummies as well as other items, and situated next door is the hugely impressive wall decoration made more than 3,000 years ago - the Assyrian Reliefs.

Another popular collection can be found in the Natural History Gallery, which contains examples of aquatic habitants in the South West of England, as well as wider geographical information.

The Bristol Industrial Museum [map] can be found at Princes Wharf and is a great place to find out some fascinating local history. Exhibitions focus on Bristol’s transport links through the ages and its involvement in the slave trade. A collection of steam powered vehicles are available to view on the harbour at the back of the museum.

Step back in time at The Georgian House [map] and see what really went on below stairs with the help of the friendly staff at this beautiful museum. The house has been featured in many BBC period dramas, a good sign just how authentic it is. Located at Great George Street, The Georgian House provides a wealth of original features as well as an ever-changing programme of exhibitions.

The story behind The Georgian House is a powerful tale of inequality as this is also the place that was once home to the slave Pero (after whom the nearby bridge is named). Children will find many educational activities to participate in to fully understand this turbulent time in history.

Turning the clock back even further, The Kings Weston Roman Villa [map] at Long Cross was built towards the end of the third century AD, but lay beneath ground level until the 1940s, when a new road was planned to run across it.

This large area is now a prime example of a Roman villa complete with the bathing suite, living quarters and an east wing, all complimented by mosaic flooring. And the museum here shows how the Roman’s who owned the Villa might have lived.

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