Glasgow’s £74million new attraction, the Riverside Museum, will be opened by Glasgow City Council Leader Gordon Matheson in exactly three months time. The new home for Glasgow’s collection of transport and technology will open at 10am on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. The Tall Ship Glenlee which will be berthed alongside the museum will also open to the public on the same day.
The Zaha Hadid designed museum will be home to around 3,000 exhibits in around 150 displays. It is the third home for the transport museum since Glasgow first opened it in the1960’s. Riverside Museum is the first purpose built transport museum in Glasgow and is the first major museum Glasgow has built since The Burrell Collection opened in 1983.
The former Museum of Transport at the Kelvin Hall closed in April 2010 to allow the move of objects to the Riverside Museum. The Museum of Transport was one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city with nearly 500,000 visitors per year.
Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “Glasgow’s position as Scotland’s cultural powerhouse can only be enhanced by the opening of the Riverside Museum. Zaha Hadid’s breathtaking design has already been transformed into an iconic building that will bring visitors to the city from all over the world. That vision and ambition is being matched inside the building and we are counting down the days until the museum opens to the public.”
Dr Christopher Mason, Chairman of the Clyde Maritime Trust, said: “The Tall Ship will move to the new Pointhouse Quay on 28 April, so that the Glenlee can be exhibited permanently alongside the new Riverside Museum. The ship will be a perfect complement both to Zaha Hadid’s building and the collections displayed inside it. The Trust fully supports the Riverside Museum Appeal.”
Glasgow City Council has spent £50.9million on the Riverside Museum project which also received £18.1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The remainder of the funds for the project come from donations to the Riverside Museum Appeal. It has already raised £4.1million of its £5million target despite the worst downturn in living memory.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Trustees for the Riverside Museum Appeal said: “The Riverside Museum is already among the most recognisable buildings in Glasgow and I am sure people will be delighted by the displays inside. The appeal has already been wonderfully well supported in the most difficult of economic climates and still donations are pouring in. Everyone who gives money to the Appeal will be recognised in the museum when it opens but time is running out to become a part of Britain’s most exciting museums project.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the Riverside Museum Appeal can do so by visiting www.riversideappeal.org
or, to make a £5 donation, can text the word “Riverside” and your name to 70700.
Colin McLean, Head of HLF in Scotland, said: “In just three months time everyone can see for themselves this amazing international museum which has been designed to excite and delight them. Here at HLF, we are passionate about preserving Scotland’s heritage in a way that makes it appealing for people to explore. This new home for a much-loved transport museum in a building of world-class design surpasses all expectations. We are very proud to be a partner in making this happen and am sure that every Scot that visits Riverside will be justifiably proud of it too.”
Euan Jamieson of Clydeport said: “We are delighted to see the museum opening. The building looks great and will be a huge attraction for Glasgow. The adjoining site will shortly have the plans published for retail and leisure which will add to the overall attraction and provide a direct link from the museum to Partick interchange over a new bridge at the Kelvin.”