Riverside Museum

Housed in an eye-catching and innovative building by the internationally acclaimed architect, Zaha Hadid, the Riverside Museum provides a unique insight on the story of Glasgow and its important role in the development of transport and technology.

The new museum brings the transport collections previously housed at the Kelvin Hall, and elsewhere, back onto the waterfront where many ships and locomotive engines began long journeys overseas. The Riverside Museum opened on 21 June 2011. Alongside it, Glasgow's  Tall Ship, Glenlee is attracting attention in its new berth at Kelvin Harbour.

You can arrive at the museum by taking the ferry across the river from Govan.

Entry to both the museum and the Tall Ship is free.

Out and about the Compass on the Clyde heritage trail is a great way to explore the history and heritage of the river.

The development is situated where the River Clyde meets Glasgow's other main river, the Kelvin, next to the Glasgow Harbour development.

What's inside?

Inside, Riverside Museum shows off the breadth of Glasgow's world-class collection through its multidisciplinary story displays, a radical approach to museum interpretation that prioritises the visitor and puts people at the heart of the exhibits. This method was pioneered at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum during its recent refurbishment.

Riverside challenges traditional expectations of a museum. Using around 3000 objects from across the city's collection, archive film and photographs, and a vast amount of personal experiences and memories, the museum reveals the rich and varied stories of Glasgow's great achievements and vibrant spirit; of technological breakthroughs and heartbreaking tragedies; of local heroes and global giants. As you'd expect in such a high-tech museum, many of these stories are delivered through audiovisual displays, hands-on interactives and digital touch-screens. Some of these touch-screens give visitors the opportunity to offer feedback on the museum and influence future displays.

Visitors will see a zebra next to a warship; vintage dresses in front of trams; bats beside a glider; paintings and pottery alongside ship models; televisions next to motorcars; pistols and blunderbusses; posters and pamphlets; skateboards and prams; stuffed animals; Barbie dolls; and much, much more.

Accompanying these displays are the personal experiences, memories and stories of hundreds of men, women, children and teenagers. Visitors will learn about inventors, paramedics, tram drivers, new mums, pilots, schoolchildren, café owners, clippies, firefighters, skateboarders, dancers, refugees, teenagers, racing champions, ship captains, and so on.

Some of the objects are no stranger to the public eye: Audrey Hepburn's dress (designed by Paco Rabanne) as worn in Two For The Road; Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza from his 1995 World Rally Championship win; Stanley Spencer's epic Clydeside murals from World War II; Robbie Coltrane's Chrysler Jeep; Graeme Obree's record-breaking bicycles; Danny MacAskill's YouTube famed bike; Alex Kapranos's iconic Lambretta; Dave MacLeod's gravity-defying climbing boots.

Visitors will be able to board two subway cars, three trams, four locomotive footplates, one train carriage and one bus and meander down the museum's three re-created streets (spanning 1895-1980).

Also at Queen's Dock and Yorkhill Quay (Back to listing)

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