Riverside Museum

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Riverside Museum Glasgow Reviews

slothtraveller slothtra…
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A great find by the River Clyde Feb 20, 2017
While visiting Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, we found ourselves at a loose end one morning and decided to take in one of the museums. We chose the Riverside Museum as it was free to enter and was near the gymnastics venue that we were to visit later in the day.

The museum was a really pleasant surprise; an impressive array of trams, steam trains, bikes and automobiles all laid out very thoughtfully. We went inside the trams and took a look at the controls and furnace of the steam trains. This museum would appeal to children as there are interactive activities that help explain the exhibits. There is also an street scene that you can explore with many old-fashioned shops and carriages.

To the rear of the Riverside Museum, you can find the Glenlee, a great example of Glasgow's shipbuilding heritage. The ship was built in Port Glasgow and first set sail in 1896. We had fun exploring the ship. It has been restored really well (apart from some very well placed beer glasses on the ceiling in the lower deck- leaks?!) and you can go under the deck as well as explore the quarters. On deck, the volunteers who look after the ship had set some kids off scrubbing the decks and they and their parents were loving it! Inside the ship on the lower level, there is a small café doing very basic but nice food- baked potatoes, toasted sandwiches etc. We had a quick bite to eat there although my sister was a bit disconcerted by the noises the ship made and the ship's natural slant!

Open everyday 10am-5pm and absolutely free, although do support the restoration and upkeep of the ship by buying a guide, visiting the gift shop or eating at the café as we did. In total we probably spent about an hour and a half exploring the museum and ship. A pleasant place to spend a morning in Glasgow.
Riverside Museum
Steam engine
Penny Farthing
All sorts of automobiles here!
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Riverside Museum & The Tall Ship Jul 17, 2013
It's Glasgow's Transport Museum, and opened in it's current purpose built location in 2011. Like almost every museum in Glasgow entrance is free, to both the museum and the ship.Might have been opened 2 years, but I'd still not been, but had been to both it's previous incarnations at the Kelvin Hall and before that in Albert Drive, which is now the Tramway Theatre.

Also, and it was news to me when I turned up :D, in May 2013 it was awarded the European Museum Of The Year :O

Situated just off the Clydeside Expressway, there is ample parking on site, which is Pay & Display, but only £1 for 4 hours. Easily walkable from the train and Subway station at Partick, and can be reached by bus service 100, or the city tour buses.

Building looks a bit odd, as do a lot along the Clyde now, as they are all really designed to be seen from the other side from the river. Once inside, most folk will be drawn to the left where they have recreated a street from the 1930's. Shops, pub,cafe and Subway station that you can go in and have a look about.

Collections of cars and motorcycles are fixed all up the walls, which means you can't really get a good look inside. Plenty of other stuff at ground level including the trams and trains. Rather sadly I thought skateboarding is also now regarded as a museum piece.

Upstairs was a display of models of boats built on The Clyde. Quite cool as they went round on a conveyor belt and activated an information display as they passed by it. Also what said it was the world's oldest bicycle, onle repeating what I read, but it then did make me question the definition of bicycle, thinking then that Penny Farthings etc. don't count :O Website - http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/our-museums/riverside-museum/Pages/default.aspx

The second attraction is the Glenlee, an old sailing ship, built on the Clyde in 1896. As said, it's free to go onboard and have a look around.

Main thing that struck me going below deck was how much bigger it seemed inside. You can go down the three decks, and see the sail room,cargo hold and engine room, as despite being a sailing ship engines were needed for getting in and out of port. Among the facts you find out on the ship are there are 19 jibs and at full sail 25,000 sq ft of material would be deployed.

While entry is free, the restoration and preservation of the ship is run by a charity relying on donations and sales for support. We bought the guidebook at £4 before going on and decided to eat in the onboard cafe there, where 4 paninis and a bowl of cheese nachos plus 5 drinks came to £26, so it wasn't that extortionate.

On a more local note, the figurehead on the Glenlee was rechristened Mary Doll, after a charcter in the Rab C.Nesbitt sitcom set in Glasgow. Website - http://www.thetallship.com/

Also at the moment there is a ferry service across the Clyde to Govan, to allow people also to see the Govan Stones, a collection of 9th - 11th Century monuments from the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde.

There are also speed boat trips that run up and down the Clyde, which are boarded from the starboard side of the Glenlee.

Nice way to spend a sunny day down by the river. We were there for over 3 hours, and everyone thought it would be something they would come back and see again, with more time. As it's free there's no problem with that :D
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spocklogic says:
Nice looking Museum - good review!
Posted on: Jul 20, 2013
cotton_foam says:
its a great museum!
Posted on: Jul 17, 2013
sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Riverside Museum Jul 09, 2011
The Riverside Museum is a brand new museum on the banks of the Clyde, in reclaimed docklands.  It focuses largely on transport, although there are smaller displays on life in Glasgow, including the cinema, pawn shops, and children’s toys.  It would be a fantastic place to take small children, who are likely to be fascinated by the steam trains, trams and cars, but the display information is detailed enough to keep adults interested too. 

The new building is large and airy, so even so close to opening, there was space to see the vehicles around the hall, which include early steam cars, fire engines and an extra large steam train designed for the highlands.  The upstairs is dominated by displays on ships and ship building, which were important industries for the city until very recently.  The interactive displays allow you to explore the displays in more depth (much to the irritation of the small child behind you, who wants to just flick the pictures to and fro!), and are really interesting.  As well as the displays, there are signs explaining what you are looking at when you look out the window (Govan and the last remaining shipyard at BAE Systems).


Disabled access to everywhere except the steps of the trams and engines would be fine.  There are plenty of toilets, and activities for children.  The museum has a café, and there is an ice cream van in the car park.  The nearest train station is Partick, you can take the Clockwork Orange subway from Kelvinside, and there are buses and a decent sized car park.  Admission free.
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