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Established  2011
Visitors  1,131,814 (2015)
Architectural style  Modern architecture
Founded  2011
Collection size  3,000 objects
Website  www.glasgowlife.org.uk
Phone  +44 141 287 2720
Architect  Zaha Hadid
Riverside Museum
Location  100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS, Scotland
Address  100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
Hours  Open today · 10AM–5PMMonday10AM–5PMTuesday10AM–5PMWednesday10AM–5PMThursday10AM–5PMFriday11AM–5PMSaturday10AM–5PMSunday11AM–5PM
Similar  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Muse, People's Palace - Glasgow, Burrell Collection, Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland Street School M

Riverside museum construction

The Riverside Museum is the current location of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, at Pointhouse Quay in the Glasgow Harbour regeneration district of Glasgow, Scotland. The building opened in June 2011. On 18 May 2013, the museum was announced as the Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award.


In 2015, the museum had 1,131,814 visitors during the year, making it the fifth most popular attraction in Scotland.

Inside glasgow the riverside museum

Concept and design

The Riverside Museum building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold. The internal exhibitions and displays were designed by Event Communications. The purpose-built Museum replaced the previous home for the city's transport collection, at the city's Kelvin Hall, and was the first museum to be opened in the city since the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in 1993. The location of the museum is on the site of the former A. & J. Inglis Shipyard within Glasgow Harbour, on the north bank of the River Clyde and adjacent to its confluence point with the River Kelvin. This site enabled the Clyde Maritime Trust's SV Glenlee and other visiting craft to berth alongside the museum.


Of the £74 million needed for the development of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have committed £69 million. The Riverside Museum Appeal is a charitable trust established to raise the final £5 million in sponsorship and donations from companies, trusts and individuals for the development of the museum. The Riverside Museum Appeal Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity SC 033286.

Major patrons of the project include: BAE Systems Surface Ships, Weir Group, Rolls-Royce plc, FirstGroup, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Caledonian MacBrayne, Arnold Clark, Scottish and Southern Energy, Diageo, Bank of Scotland and Optical Express.


On 13 November 2007 the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter cut the first turf. During the summer of 2008, foundational work was carried out, with massive underground trenches created to house the services for the building. By late September 2008, the steel framework of the structure was taking shape. During 2010 the cladding of the building was put in place and internal fitting-out work continued along with external landscaping works. The building was structurally completed by late autumn 2010 and work continued to prepare the Riverside Museum for its opening on 21 June 2011.

The main contractors for the project were BAM Construct UK Ltd with a range of trade subcontractors including the services installations being delivered by BBESL's team of Jordan Kerr, Gordon Ferguson & Jamie Will and FES, project management being the responsibility of Capita Symonds and Buro Happold providing Resident Engineering Services.

The building was completed on 20 June 2011 and the next day it opened to the public.


As well as housing many of the existing collections of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, the city has acquired additional items to enhance the experience:

  • L. S. Lowry: Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks – acquired at Christie's in November 2005 for £198,400, the painting is on display at the Kelvin Hall. The 1947 work was bought with the help of Glasgow businessman Willie Haughey of City Refrigeration Holdings, and a £20,000 grant from the National Art Collections Fund.
  • SAR Class 15F 4-8-2 steam locomotive, No.3007 - built by the Glasgow-based North British Locomotive Company at its Polmadie Works in 1945, the locomotive was bought in late 2006 from Transnet. It was on display in George Square for a short time in 2007, as part of the effort to raise the £5million public contribution funding.
  • Reception

    Since opening the Riverside Museum has received generally positive reviews. However its layout continues to be regularly criticised by visitors; the chief complaint being that a significant portion of the cars on display are positioned on shelves mounted at great height. Visitor reviews indicate that this has been disappointing for car enthusiasts and also for Glaswegians with fond memories of visiting the Transport Museum at its previous location, which displayed the exhibits at ground level allowing visitors to see the cars up close and look inside them.

    In 2013, the museum had 740,276 visitors during the year. In 2015, the annual number of visitors had increased to 1,131,814, making it the fifth most popular attraction in Scotland.


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