At Riverside Museum there are over 3,000 objects on display, compared with 1,300 objects at the previous Museum of Transport. These include some old favourites along with some new exhibits to the Collection. One of the new exhibits is the recently acquired South African locomotive, Glasgow Museums’ largest object.
Visitors can climb aboard some of the exhibits to get a real feel for vintage public transport by accessing four locomotive footplates, three trams, two subway cars, one train carriage and a bus.
Please note, with so much to see - especially overhead - take care not to bump into exhibits.
One of the old Museum of Transport’s most popular areas was Kelvin Street. At Riverside Museum there is a recreated street from 1895 - 1930, plus two additional display areas depicting shops from the 1930s, right through to the 1980s, giving visitors a fantastically detailed insight into Glasgow's distant and more recent past. For the first time, visitors can access the shops and subways. These 'shops' include an Edwardian photography studio, a 1930s' Italian Café and a 1960s' garage.
What Do You Think?
All Museum displays reflect visitors' interests. Dedicated IT stations enable visitors to share their thoughts about the Museum to show what subjects and themes are preferred to be displayed in the future.
Other Attractions at Riverside
Visitors to Riverside can venture aboard The Tall Ship 'Glenlee', Glasgow's lovingly restored Clyde built ship. The Glenlee was launched in 1898 and today she operates an exciting programme of events and activities. Admission charges apply.
Kelvin Harbour is the city's new hub for river-based activities and services including a cross-river ferry, powerboat rides and a public slipway.
Look out for the historic Kelvinhaugh Ferry No 8 and other vessels belonging to the Clyde Maritime Trust.
Our Riverside Trail has been designed to guide you through points of interest outside Riverside Museum. The trail focuses on the external landscape around Riverside both past and present, and gives the opportunity to explore and uncover the landscape and sights around the museum. There are 8 stops in total, many of which feature images of the area (past and present) as well as memories from local people. You can download the trail via the link on the right of this page and print it or save for use on iPhones, iPads etc. The Trail was produced in partnership with Clyde Waterfront.
Volunteer Guided Tours
Guided Tours are available at Riverside Museum but there is no set times for these tours, just listen out for announcements when you visit. Each tour should last around 1.5 hours.
Groups looking to book tours, please contact the museum on 0141 287 2720.