Video:Millionth visitor welcomed to Bristol's M shed
Since opening its doors almost 2 years ago Bristol's M shed has attracted more than a million visitors.
"To have more than one million visitors is just amazing," said Julie Finch, head of Bristol museums, galleries and archives.
"We have been truly delighted with the wealth of support and enthusiasm for M shed.
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"Events like Chinese New Year and our current Chocolate! exhibition are perfect examples of how M shed celebrates the story of Bristol and its people.
"We always knew M shed would have a special place in the hearts of local people and more than that, M shed has drawn in and thrilled visitors from around the country and across the world."
Indeed it was the success of events like the Chinese New Year celebrations, which drew in more than 8,000 people, which helped push visitor numbers over the millionth milestone ahead of schedule.
Since it's launch the M shed has become something of a blueprint for the way modern museums should be run, and this afternoon Maria Miller, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will be visiting the museum.
Julie Finch said: "She's taking a tour of the M Shed and she's particularly interested in our approach to working with equality - looking at how we've introduced so many different people in our approach to developing the M Shed and indeed the Out Stories group will be there today to greet her."
She went onto to say the M shed is known internationally for it's unique approach: "M shed is recognised beyond the boundaries of our own shores - certainly well into Europe and America. We have created something new - people didn't know what it was, but I knew it would be a success."
Visitors to the museum this morning were certainly impressed by the M shed. 10 year old Oliver Doherty from Yorkshire was visiting with his Aunt who lives in Bristol: "It's great really good fun - I'm trying to find my aunt's house on the map, and I'm really looking forward to the chocolate exhibition."
69 year old Louise Summerby from Somerset said she brings her three grandchildren to the museum often: "It's free and it's really well set out - the children love it and they can touch everything that's out which is such good fun for them."
While the secret to M shed's success may be a constant turn around of exhibitions one much loved and missed exhibit from the old Industrial Museum doesn't look like it will be returning to the museum.
The Concorde cockpit was a highlight for many people, but Julie Finch says it may still make an appearance elsewhere: "We are currently working with the BA Concorde trust groups looking at the aviation history of the city, and we are looking at how we can support them in developing an aviation museum for the city, that's what's happening behind the scenes at the moment. So it may not be here at the M shed but it may be seen somewhere else."