Glasgow's well-loved Museum of Transport has relocated to a spectacular waterfront landmark houses over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past.
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Ages 5 - 12, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
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For a great day out – inside – visit Scotland’s premier transport museum! Glasgow’s well-loved Museum of Transport collection is now housed in a spectacular waterfront landmark that was designed by internationally-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The dynamic Riverside Museum displays Glasgow’s rich industrial heritage, much related to the River Clyde. The Tall Ship is berthed alongside the Museum and the children will love all the modes of transport and the great riverside views.
The multi-award winning Riverside Museum houses over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse and second city of the empire, to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century, including everything from skateboards to steam engines, paintings to prams, bicycles, pedal cars, classic cars and even a Star Wars stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.
To display the objects most effectively, Riverside Museum has 9 main display themes: The Streets, The River Clyde, Transport and Leisure, Made in Scotland, Looks and Fashion, Crossing the World, Cutting Edge, Disasters and Crashes, and Getting There.
The museum is truly interactive, with three streets to wander along, including shops that you can enter, such as the Edwardian photographers shop, the typical 1930s Italian café and the 1960s garage. Unlike many other museums, you can climb aboard some of the exhibits, including a corporation bus, tram, steam engine and subway cars. There are around 20 interactive hands on exhibits and a further 90 large touch screen panels that help to bring the past to life with images, memories and films to tell the fascinating stories behind the objects.
Alongside the many vehicles on the main museum floor, there is the impressive “Car wall” and the innovative “suspended velodrome”. The museum also houses one of the largest steam engines in the UK, a large locomotive designed and built in Glasgow for export to South Africa.
Head to the Tall Ship, berthed outside for an immersive experience in to life at sea aboard a Clyde built barque of the late 19th century.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated daily and most attractions are closed. Feel free to browse for future trips. Let’s Go with the Children is still open and are here to help and support families with ideas and information to keep you safe and your kids entertained at home.