The Riverside Museum is the new home for Glasgow’s Museum of Transport, and displays the city’s transport history throughout the centuries.
This purpose built museum stands on a the site of a former shipyard, on the north bank of the River Clyde. The Clyde Maritime Trust’s ship, the Glenlee can be moored outside and is known as The Tallship at Glasgow Harbour. The Glenlee has had a long and varied service, including serving 23 years a cargo ship in the early 1900s sailing to Australia via the Cape of Good Hope, and also was in the Spanish Republican Navy in the 1930s. It is now a museum ship.
The museum itself is home to over 3000 objects, covering all forms of transport from the city over the years, split into themed displays with interactive displays, where you can walk along ‘streets’ with ‘shops’ and platforms where you get on board vintage trams, a train carriage and bus. All aspects of the vehicle are covered in the displays, including fire engines, bicycles, skateboards, prams and toy cars, as well as the road, sea and rail vehicles you would expect.
The road display has one of the largest collections of Scottish built cars from throughout the ages, as well as the oldest pedal cycle in the world.
The River Clyde has been an important part of British maritime history for many years, and this is shown in the collection of over 250 model ships on display. Shipbuilding has been a key industry in Glasgow for many years. Models include the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary and the QE2.
The Events Square, outside the main building, plays host to a wide range of events; it has seen motor shows and trade shows, as well as music concerts, and is one of the largest outdoor event areas in Glasgow.
There is free entry throughout the year to both the Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship.