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Bristol's M Shed opening visitors number 15,000

M Shed museum - view of the front
Image caption The museum has been built at the site of a former harbour transit shed

More than 15,000 people visited Bristol's new £27m M Shed museum on its opening weekend.

The new museum, which opened on Friday, is two years late and £8m over budget.

The Heritage Lottery fund has contributed £11m to the project while the Department for Culture, Media and Sport gave £1.5m, with other funding from Bristol City Council.

The museum has three galleries with objects and stories illustrating the city's past.

It has been built on the site of the former Industrial Museum in Prince's Wharf on Wapping Road and was opened following a ceremony on Bristol's harbourside on Friday.

The museum was given the name M Shed after a 1950s transit shed which is encompassed within the site.

Exhibits include models and props used for the Wallace and Gromit films, Technics record decks used by Bristol band Massive Attack and a 10-metre long mural of a fantasy landscape of Bristol.

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