New transport museum for Glasgow

A new museum on the banks of the River Clyde will open in Glasgow soon.

The Riverside Museum will be Scotland’s new Museum of Transport and Travel. There will be 3,000 objects on display showing Glasgow’s industrial heritage and its important maritime history. The museum will have three re-created streets with shops including an Edwardian photography studio, a 1930s Italian cafe and a 1960s garage.

The new building is designed by internationally-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. This is her first major public building in the UK.

The tall ship Glenlee will be moored alongside the museum. The Glenlee was built in Glasgow in 1896 as a bulk cargo carrier. She sailed round the world four times and survived the storms of Cape Horn 15 times before being bought by the Spanish navy in 1922 and being turned into a sail training vessel. The Clyde Maritime Trust bought and restored the ship in the 1990s.

The new museum is a key part of the Glasgow Harbour development. It is beside the Clyde where it meets the River Kelvin, about 1km (half a mile) downstream from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The £74-million attraction replaces Glasgow’s existing Museum of Transport which was the second most visited transport museum in the UK with an average of 500,000 visitors a year. The Riverside is the first major museum to be built in Glasgow since the Burrell Collection opened in 1983. Admission will be free. There is an admission charge for the Glenlee.

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