Riverside Museum

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Riverside Museum
Riverside Museum Glasgow EC2018
Location100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS, Scotland
Collection size3,000 objects
Visitors1,364,739 (2019)[1]
Public transit accessGlasgow Subway National Rail Partick station

The Riverside Museum is the 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. The museum won the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award.


The Riverside Museum building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold.[2] The internal exhibitions and displays were designed by Event Communications, a specialist London-based museum design firm.[3]

The purpose-built Museum replaced the previous home for the city's transport collection, at the city's Kelvin Hall.

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.[4]

interior of building
Outside space at Riverside Museum


Detail of south elevation

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.[5] 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.[6]


Construction, Feb 2009 & Feb 2010

On 13 November 2007 the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter cut the first turf.[7] The main contractors for the project were BAM Construct UK Ltd[8] 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.[9]

The Riverside Museum with The Tall Ship berthed outside


Class 15F locomotive 3007

As well as housing many of the existing collections of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, the city has acquired 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.[10] It was on display in George Square for a short time in 2007, as part of the effort to raise the £5 million public contribution funding.[11]


The Govan-Partick Bridge will provide a pedestrian link from the museum across the Clyde to Govan. It is set to be completed in 2023.

South African Locomotive at The Riverside Museum

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  1. ^ "Latest Visitor Figures: Visits made in 2019 to Visitor Attractions in Membership with ALVA". www.alva.org.uk. UK: ALVA – Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Museum of Transport Glasgow". www.glasgowarchitecture.co.uk. UK: glasgowarchitecture. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  3. ^ Banks, Tom (10 February 2010). "Event works with Zaha Hadid on Glasgow museum". Design Week. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Riverside Museum". Clyde Port. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Riverside Museum Appeal". Glasgow Museums. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. ^ Riverside Museum Patrons
  7. ^ "Building of Glasgow's £74M Riverside Museum gets underway". 24hourmuseum.org.uk. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  8. ^ "Riverside Museum". www.bam.co.uk. UK: BAM.
  9. ^ "Glasgow's £74m Riverside Museum opens to public". BBC News. UK: BBC. 21 June 2011.
  10. ^ "3007 Returns to Glasgow". Railways Africa. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Train steams in for museum funds". BBC News Scotland. UK: BBC. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2008.

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Coordinates: 55°51′54″N 4°18′23″W / 55.8651°N 4.30638°W / 55.8651; -4.30638