Glasgow's £74m Riverside Museum opens to public


Hundreds of people queued to be first inside the new Riverside Museum which officially opened to the public

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Glasgow's new £74m Riverside Museum has been officially opened.

The venue, on the banks of the River Clyde, will showcase the city's transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage.

It was designed by prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and houses more than 3,000 exhibits, in about 150 displays.

The Tall Ship Glenlee, which has been berthed alongside the museum, has also been re-opened.

Councillor Gordon Matheson carried out the formal opening ceremony smashing a bottle of champagne on the side of the building in the same way vessels are launched on to the Clyde at Govan Shipyard.

He said: "I am delighted to be welcoming people to Glasgow's latest star attraction.

"The Riverside Museum is a breathtaking new home for our internationally-renowned transport collection.

Interior view of the new Riverside Museum in Glasgow The Riverside is the first major museum to open in Glasgow since The Burrell Collection in 1983

"The exhibits inside this magnificent new building have been given a further lease of life thanks to some stunning new displays that not only show off the trains, cars, trams and bikes, but also tell the stories of the people who made them, bought them, used them and loved them."

Despite the rain, hundreds of people flocked to the new museum to be among the first to take a look around.

Gaynor McLea, who lives in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was visiting with her five-year-old son.

She said: "It's very impressive and a lot brighter than the last place."

Angela Adams, who is 58 and lives in Knightswood, Glasgow, said: "It is much bigger and better than the old one. I worked in the old one years ago in the 90s.

"It is really, really fantastic. It has taken a lot of hard work and it is great for children to see the history."

Two young visitors view an exhibit at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow The previous Transport Museum at the Kelvin Hall attracted almost 500,000 visitors per year

More than 1,200 people have worked on the project since it was given the initial go-ahead in 2002.

Lawrence Fitzgerald, project director and manager of the museum, said: "The public have been involved in this project from the very beginning.

"We had stakeholder groups set up and they helped inform this museum, they have helped with the content by donating their memories, their photographs."

Drumming collective, Clanadonia, and the Jordanhill School boys choir performed a special sea shanty as the Tall Ship was reopened to the public, with the first 50 passengers invited on board free of charge.

The Riverside Museum has been funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal.

A new ferry running across the Clyde between Govan and the new Kelvin Harbour close to the museum was also being launched to coincide with the Riverside's opening.

It is the first regular passenger service on that part of the river since the 1960s.

The Riverside Museum is the third home for Glasgow's transport collection since the 1960s and the first major museum the council has built since The Burrell Collection opened in 1983.

The previous Transport Museum at the Kelvin Hall in the city's west end attracted almost 500,000 visitors per year.

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    Comment number 23.

    I have visited the new Riverside Museum . So far not impressed but it was newly open . I'll go back for a good look once the schools have gone back in - then it may be possible to see it properly . I remember taking the kids to see it in Pollockshields - they loved it there - I don't think they would appreciate this new version

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    Comment number 22.

    A pound spent on construction stays mainly in the UK; a pound spent in the high street goes mainly to Japan or China. I understand this project gave a lot of jobs to Glasgow. If you don't like how it looks, at least the architect isn't Scottish.

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    Comment number 21.

    To iainmonty,
    glad to hear that you won't be visiting the new Museum, I'd hate for anyones visit to be ruined by someone who obviously would prefer a derelict shed or a piece of waste ground rather than this piece of architecture, which houses some of the cities historical artifacts. Maybe we should just give these items away. You should be proud that Glasgow is joining the 21st Century.

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    Comment number 20.

    the new transport museum looks great not visited it yet will wait till the excitements dies down,what i did notice on the video clip was the destination blind on the albion venturer B92 the destination said GARBRAID AVENUE,which is mispelt should that not be GAIRBRAID AVENUE,why did they not leave the original blind on bus instead of a copy..

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    Comment number 19.

    bibbaliz Indeed they will spend cash, and most of it will go to externally based companies who take more out of Glasgow than they put in.

    I may well be a grumpy old man, but my view doesn't happen to match the PR blitz. Not much has been done to connect with residents, and I'm aware of people who have lost their jobs to make the books balance for Glasgow Life. As I said, just like GoMA.


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