New £74m Riverside Museum attracts 500,000 visitors
- 15 August 2011
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
Glasgow's new Riverside Museum has welcomed 500,000 visitors since it opened on 21 June.
The £74m venue, on the banks of the River Clyde, has averaged almost 10,000 visitors a day, with its busiest day - 25 June - attracting 15,000 people.
The facility houses more than 3,000 exhibits in over 150 interactive displays, showing the city's transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage.
The Tall Ship Glenlee is also berthed alongside the museum.
The 500,000th visitor on 11 August were Ronnie and Jannette Kerr from Aberdour and their children Joanna, seven, and eight-year-old Elizabeth.
They received gifts from the museum shop and will be invited for a meal in the restaurant.
Mr Kerr said: "This was a real surprise and I am absolutely delighted.
"My dad worked in the yards at Yarrows and I would have loved to have shown him round here.
"It is a fantastic building and they have done a great job. I have been to the old museums at Kelvin Hall and Albert Drive but this building is something else. We really enjoyed our visit."
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said the Riverside had been "a huge hit" since it opened.
"We knew just how much visitors loved the Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall but even so, the reaction to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal," he said.
"The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing visitors returning time and again to enjoy Glasgow's latest attraction."