The Riverside Museum

Last week I went to the Riverside Museum which is the new Glasgow Museum of Transport based within the Pointhouse Quay area of Glasgow Harbour. Opening on June 21st 2011, it cost a massive £74 million for the development which was designed by Zaha Hadid and engineers Buro Happold. The internal exhibitions and displays were designed by Event Communications.

My parents & I got the ferry over to the museum from Govan which cost £3.50 return & depart every 20 minutes (& a lot easier to park at that side of the River Clyde!). Entry to the Museum itself is free which is amazing (although I would have gladly paid!). While waiting for the ferry, I managed to catch sight of the Oban Seaplane right next to the museum as well, great timing! Wish I saw it take off though! That’s something my grandfather would have loved to have seen :)

I’ve always loved the Transport Museum, ever since it was based over in Kelvingrove & I remember going to visit it as a little kid. Shortly before it closed, I visited the museum at the old location & half of it was already packed up ready to go into storage even before contraction started on the Riverside Museum.

My favourite part of the museum always has to be all the old cars & trains, timeless classics. I also loved the new installations such as the fact you can now go into the shop in the old street & the fact that the museum is more interactive with touchscreen computers giving you a little bit more of the background & history of certain things. My dad, coming from a Marine Engineering background, loved all the ship models.

If you haven’t been to the Riverside Museum yet, you totally have to go! You’ll regret it if you don’t! It’s a giant playground for young & old :D

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    August 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hi there …that was a great post tottaly enjoy reading it …
    the pictuers are great too

    take care and keep it up

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    Daniel Reilly
    August 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    The one problem I had with it was that the street felt a little less rustic than the last one and there was more of a feel of an old street in KelvinGrove. Maybe I am just nitpicking but I loved the rest of it!

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    @Bader: thank you :D

    @Daniel Reilly: that is true, the old one did look more rustic but it’s a vast improvement

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    Mark O'Hare
    August 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Nice post Michelle :) The Museum looks really interesting and your photos are great :)

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    August 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    @Mark O’Hare: thank you Mark :D

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    August 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Looks like a must visit place next time I’m in Glasgow.
    Remember going to the old one as a child!

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    August 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Zaha Hadid is really talented, looks like a lovely place.

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    August 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Wow! This place looks very nice! I would love if he had a museum such as this in Kuwait! We have the cars we just need the place!

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    August 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    @Leon: yeah you totally should! old one was great! this one is bigger & better

    @Chuknum: agree!

    @Marzouq: don’t you know by now Kuwait doesn’t do museums well LOL :D

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