Display Changes

Riverside Museum regularly updates the ​​​displays and digital films with new objects and content. All of the new displays are free to visit around the museum. 

Now open

The Fourpence Ha'penny Crew

The five Penny brothers raced for the Clyde Amateur Rowing Club in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932, the four elder boys - Tom, Laurie, Sandy and Bill - took on their ten year old brother Jimmy as their cox and because of their surname, they became known as the "Fourpence Ha'Penny Crew".​ In 2013, Tom Penny's son donated his father's rowing shirt and collection of cups and medals to the City of Glasgow and you can now see these in this fascinating display, which also tells the story of the brothers and the many prizes they won in rowing as pairs and fours. 

From Saturday 29 November

The Perfect Wheelchair

This display was co-curated with wheelchair users and includes a child's wheelchair, a sport wheelchair, a pioneering Mekong design and a chair typical of those used by WW1 veterans. Wheelchair users tell some amazing stories of adventure and discuss the highs and lows of using a wheelchair. 

Recent display Changes 

Adventurers

Five modern Scots. Six epic journeys. A total of 69,399 miles travelled. This new display features bikes, maps and memorabilia from five modern day adventurers, including Ewan McGregor's motorbike from his Long Way Down journey, maps and more from Mark Beaumont who cycled around the world, as well as a tandem from Karen Darke and objects from Andy Brown and Kate Rawles. Find out more about this wonderful display in our North Window at​ www.glasgowlife.org.uk/adventurers​​​ 

Razzle Dazzle - Radical Camouflage

This display about the bizarrely-painted Allied ships of World War I features two new and rarely seen design schemes from 1917 on loan from the Imperial War Museum. See with your own eyes how they compare with other camouflage objects on display including dazzle-painted ships and patterned beetles and butterflies.  

Next Stop Glasgow: Stories of Asian Immigration and Work on the Buses 

In the 1950s Glasgow needed bus drivers! Some people who applied were immigrants from India and Pakistan. Find out about their amazing personal stories of coming to and working in Glasgow, in this new film display.

Song of the Clyde Show 

Generations of Glaswegians have enjoyed a summer trip on the River Clyde on boats big and small. See 60 years of sunshine and showers in our new large scale film.  

Be a Sport 

See some rare sporting objects, including wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid's London 2012 gear, local man George MacMillan's official Olympic Torch and the Dolan DF3 track bike of Junior World Sprint Champion John Paul. A new film also gives a snapshot of John's training ahead of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.  

Motorbike wall

Our Motorbike Wall currently features a fine example of Italian design in the form of the iconic Lambr​etta LD 150 from 1956, which belongs to Alex Kapranos, frontman of Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand. This slick scooter rubs shoulders with other Italian classics in the collection such as the Ducati 916 and Vespa Model 152L2. 


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