About The Building

About The Building

Iconic Building

The Riverside Museum is an award winning building that has already become an iconic landmark on the banks of the River Clyde. 

Located on the site of the former Inglis Shipyard the building sits on the north bank of the River Clyde beside where it merges with the River Kelvin.  

This site enables The Tall Ship to berth alongside the museum and provide another world class attraction at Riverside.

Technical Specifications

  • Size: 11,300​​
  • Exhibition Area: 7000m²​​
  • Site Size: 22,400​​
  • Footprint Size:7,800​​​

The Architect

Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) won the contract to design the new museum of transport for Glasgow in 2004.

Other museums that Zaha Hadid has been involved in include:

  • The Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cincinnati
  • The MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome; for which she won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2010
  • The Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany 
Zaha was also the architect for the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy, her first completed project in Britain, which opened in 2004. That same year, Zaha Hadid became the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The Concept

"The building, open at opposite ends, has a tunnel-like configuration between the city and the Clyde. However, within this connection between the city and river, the building diverts to create a journey away from its external context into the world of the exhibits."

Read a full explanation of the Riverside design concept on Zaha Hadid's website.​


The cost of the Riverside Museum was £74 million.

The Heritage Lottery Fund  provided £21.6 million towards the cost of the Riverside Museum, Phase 2 of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre and the creation of the Collections Navigator.   It is the largest HLF grant to any museum project in Scotland. 

​​The Riverside Museum Appeal (RMA), chaired by Lord Smith, raised £5m towards the costs from benefactors, charitable trusts, corporations and the public. .  

Glasgow Harbour Ltd has also contributed £1.4 million and Glasgow City Council is providing the remaining financial support.


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