Museum & Galleries

The Riverside Museum

Scotland / Europe

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow’s Museum of Transport, which is sited at Pointhouse Quay. Its collections hold a fond place in the heart of many Glaswegians. It is a new museum situated within the Glasgow Harbour area which is being regenerated and redeveloped. The Museum’s relationship with the River Clyde on whose bank it sits extends to housing the workshop and office area for the Clyde Maritime Trust. The Museum sits opposite the former site of the great shipyards of Govan where shipbuilding began in 1839, and to its East the River Kelvin runs alongside. Berthed outside on the Clyde is the three-masted sailing ship, Glenlee, known to Glaswegians as “the Tall Ship”, moored at Riverside as a reminder of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage.  The Museum was designed by the architect, Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) and replaced Kelvin Hall, an earlier exhibition centre which had emerged from the 1901 exhibition and had been used in wartime as a factory for making barrage balloons and rubber dinghies. Riverside was voted European Museum of the Year in 2013. The Riverside Museum is the first purpose-built museum to be erected in Glasgow since the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. Bob Winter, the then Lord Provost of Glasgow, laid the first turf on 13 November 2007. And the museum was officially opened on 21 June 2011. The Museum contains the collection transferred from the Glasgow Museum of Transport, along with an L.S. Lowry painting of the docks, steam locomotives, vintage cars, trolley buses and motorcycles, as well as interactive screens with videos and images.  

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