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New £74m Riverside Museum attracts one million visitors

Riverside Museum in Glasgow
Image caption The Riverside Museum is now the most popular attraction in Glasgow

Glasgow's new Riverside Museum has welcomed its one millionth visitor since it opened on 21 June.

The £74m building houses more than 3,000 exhibits in over 150 interactive displays, showing the city's transport, shipbuilding and engineering heritage.

The venue, which sits on the banks of the River Clyde where the Tall Ship Glenlee is berthed, had its busiest day on 25 June when 15,000 people visited.

The one millionth visitor was seven-year-old Sam Irving and his family.

The family, from Dumfries, received goody bags with souvenirs and toys from the museum shop to mark the occasion.

'Phenomenal response'

Sam said it was "cool" to be the one millionth visitor.

He added: "It's the second time we've been and I love the museum. My favourite thing is the bikes, because I like to go out on my bike at home."

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said the Riverside had become the city's most popular attraction since it opened.

"The public response to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal and the museum has coped brilliantly," he said.

"Riverside has already comprehensively beaten even the most optimistic visitor number projections and is firmly established as another "must see" attraction in Glasgow and Scotland.

"Achieving a million visitors is a fantastic early Christmas present for the city and one we can all be proud of."

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