The Riverside Museum provides an exciting
new home for Glasgow's transport collection and replaces the Museum
of Transport previousy located at the Kelvin Hall. The development
has a riverside location on a site where the River Clyde meets
Glasgow's other main river, the Kelvin, and will be adjacent to Glasgow
Harbour, a private-sector led mixed-use development extending
to 120 acres.
The Riverside Museum project is funded by Glasgow City Council,
with the Heritage Lottery Fund also a major sponsor.
Moored outside is the 19th-century sailing ship, Glasgow's
Tall Ship, the Glenlee.
The much-acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid created the design
for the Riverside Museum, which has already been dubbed 'Glasgow's
The new museum houses collections not previously on display at
the Museum of Transport, and for the first time allows the proper
interpretation of Glasgow's important maritime history. Visitors
can walk down a re-created 1900s street, drive a locomotive and
tackle a tenement fire.
With more than 3,000 objects on display, from skateboards to
locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, there
is something for visitors of all ages.
The Riverside Museum Appeal has a
target of £5m to reach to provide the final funding for the
Find out more about local history and heritage and places to
visit on the Clyde Waterfront Heritage
The project started on site in 2007. During summer 2008
foundational work was carried out and massive underground trenches
created to house the services for the building. By late September
2008 the steel skeleton of the structure was taking shape.
During 2010 the cladding of the building was put in place and
fitting out continued along with the landscaping works.
The building work was completed late autumn 2010 and the museum
was opened on 21 June 2011.