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Riverside Museum


(Museum of Transport)

Located on the north bank of the River Clyde, 2 miles (3 km west of the city centre, The Riverside Museum is an iconic building by Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016) designed to provide a home to Glasgow's Museum of Transport. The 11,300 sq. m (121,632 sq. foot) building includes 7000 sq. m (75,347 sq. feet) of exhibition space. Exhibits include more than 3000 objects relating to Glasgow's shipbuilding, locomotive building and car manufacturing history, as well as collections of cars, bicycles, buses, tramcars, railway engines, carriages and model ships. There is also a reproduction of a 1939 Glasgow street. Winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award, the Riverside Museum attracts more than a million visitors annually.

Officially opened in 2011 by Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, the building cost 74 million, receiving considerable support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, their biggest grant to any museum project in Scotland. Intended to represent a connection between the city and river, the museum occupies the site of the former A. & J. Inglis Shipyard, immediately to the east of where the River Kelvin falls into the River Clyde. The Transport Museum was previously located within the Kelvin Hall complex, having moved there from its original home in the tramcar depot of Albert Drive (now the Tramway) in 1987.

The Tall Ship (S.V. Glenlee) is berthed adjacent on Pointhouse Quay.


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