New £74m Riverside Museum attracts 500,000 visitors

 
Riverside Museum The Riverside and Tall Ship Glenlee are popular attractions on the River Clyde

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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.

'Fantastic building'

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."

 

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    Comment number 12.

    We visited today and thought it was brilliant, my son (6) loved it, the displays are great, some of the displays are high up, which means you are looking at the underside of a car, but I really have no idea what people are moaning about? Best of all it's free!! The only down side we could see was, when it's crazy busy like to day, the car park is a nightmare and the cafe is too small...

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    Comment number 11.

    I tried really hard to like this new museum but I think the designer forgot what the main objective was here: as a museum of transport, the attraction is seeing the machines up close, looking through the windows and under the bonnets. The cars - and even the bikes! - are way out of reach and the available space is cramped and poorly laid out.
    I'll still go but I won't enjoy it!

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    Comment number 10.

    One of the chief reasons I visited (often!) the old museum was to see the old classic cars...being able to get up close, peer into the interiors and feel you had stepped back in time, now with the cars on the walls (how ridiculous is that to start with?) that is now impossible.

    Pointless.

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    Comment number 9.

    It is a good concept but way too small. Its a shame that the building is more of a talking point than the contents.

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    Comment number 8.

    Building wrong shape, more form over function. Terrible colour inside. No old cinema (unless I missed it) Old street/underground do not have the same atmosphere. Too little space for exhibits. They should have used the main Kelvin Hall for the museum. Moved the sports facility down to the waterfront. This would let visitors go between the Museum/Art Gallery and Transport Museum.

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    Comment number 7.

    @IvanBunin77..I have to echo your sentiments, I really don't know what planet these people live on. All you have to look at the reviews posted on Trip Advisor which are overwhelmingly negative, mine included.
    This whole thing has been a great opportunity missed and a very expensive one.
    I would say an hour is enough in here and I for one will not be back for a second visit, shame on all involved

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    Comment number 6.

    Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive?? No visitors have mentioned the cars tripled decked 30ft in the air, the upside down bicycles, the model ships collection broken up and dispersed, the fact the the building needs to be twice as big for the collection it holds? Everyone I know was deeply disappointed with the new musem - very sad as it had generated so much excitement and hype...

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    Comment number 5.

    Quite frankly, after a lifetime of enjoying Glasgow museums) I found the Riverside Museum so utterly disappointing, give or take. You can not look easily at many of the exhibits due to lack of space, made doubly hard if you have a buggy you have to keep moving out the way for people to get by. Also there is no continuity in the exhibits as you walk around. Seriously, bikes upside on the roof??

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    Comment number 4.

    I visited the museum yesterday, arriving by the ferry from Braehead adding a little extra to the visit but the building and exhibits are fantastic, and free. The place was bouncing and trying to see some exhibits was a waste of time, but I'll come back again and visit them next time. My only grip, the model ships are all over the place:( I miss the clyde room.

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    Comment number 3.

    As a recent visitor and resident of this city, i have found this new venue very small and compact and smaller than the other venue.
    As for transport links and car parking facilities these need to be addressed and given priority as seeing messages "carpark full" turns many people away as they dont really know anywhere else to park near the venue.
    bad location for this venue.....

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    Comment number 2.

    As a former resident of this city I still frequent these places. But its only a matter of time when compulsory charges to these type of attractions becomes the norm! And I fear only those with the means will be able to enjoy. I always make a small token gesture and leave a donation, but sadly a great many others don't.

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    Comment number 1.

    Riverside is fantasitc. Amazing building,the lime and neon 50's style decor is bright and retro and the displays very imaginative. There's a lot to see for all ages The street recreation especially good. I think children like it as much as adults. One of the best free tickets in Scotland! The only minor issue I had was getting there by public transport,which ironically,was a bit difficult.

 

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