Riverside Museum

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency
Dates and times
20th Nov 2019 - 20th Nov 2026
10:00AM - 10:00AM
All ages

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency considers James Watt’s pioneering spirit and his legacy in a modern-day context, where the desire to be increasingly energy efficient to combat climate change is ever-present. 

The centrepiece is a Tesla Model S P85+, believed to be the first Tesla acquired by a public museum in Scotland. The pioneering car, gifted to the city by a private collector and enthusiast is a stunning and technologically important car, which represents a new dawn in electric vehicle development. One section of the new display Driving Out Emissions considers how revolutionary changes in transport and the development of more environmentally friendly vehicles can reduce emissions and assist in tackling climate change.   

Boasting a raft of innovative features and impressive technology, the Tesla Model S can travel 242 miles on one charge, at a cost of around £9. It can reach 0-60mph in 4 seconds, be controlled from the owner’s smart phone and convert from a 5 to 7-seater family car.

Alongside the Tesla is a rare Honda Insight Mk1 from 2000.  Donated by another enthusiast, it is one of only 239 Mk1s sold in the UK and was the first hybrid car to be acquired for the city’s renowned transport and travel collection.  Its inclusion in the display opens up a discussion on different power sources, from coal and quartz to wind and water and the ability to consume less of one by using more of another, as illustrated by the hybrid Honda which combines a conventional petrol engine with an electric motor.

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency shows the concern for our world is universal, while highlighting that we can all make a positive difference to planet Earth. The display considers how we test air quality, monitor oceans and make personal statements about the environmental dangers our world faces.

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency is sure to enthrall and engage visitors of all ages and will be an important talking piece for the younger generations.

Sponsored by Aggreko.

"Aggreko are proud to be a part of the Museum’s significant project at a time when reducing carbon emissions is a priority for the clients we serve globally in meeting their specific power needs.” Robert Wells, Managing Director, Events Aggreko.

Accessibility guides

Read the accessibility guide for Riverside Museum on AccessAble

Further information can be found on Euan's Guide website

Accessible toilets

Changing Places Facility Available during opening hours. No key required. Situated on the ground floor near reception and adjacent to male and female toilets.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Hearing loop

Hearing loop available within venue.

You can also visit our British Sign Language and International Sign Video Library here to watch a welcome video for every Glasgow Museum.

Wheelchair access

There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.

Baby changing

Baby feeding


Cafe or restaurant


Current rates:

  • Up to 1 hour £1.60
  • 1-2 hours £3.20
  • 2-3 hours £4.80
  • 3-4 hours £6.40
  • 4-5 hours £8.00
  • 5-10 hours £10.00

Mon-Sun 6pm-8am, £2 flat rate.

Please note that parking charges are due to increase from Sunday 2 April. The new rates will be:

  • Up to 1 hour £2.50
  • 1-2 hours £5.00
  • 2-3 hours £7.50
  • 3-4 hours £7.50
  • 4-10 hours £10.00

Mon-Sun 6pm-8am, £3 flat rate.

Photography and video recording

Free wifi

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Use Traveline Scotland to help plan your journey via public transport.

The nearest Train station (PTK), Subway station and Bus station can all be found at the Partick transport hub, also known as the Partick Interchange, around 0.6 miles from the museum. There are signposted walking routes from there to the museum.

The lines for the train station run through the Low-Level platforms, at Glasgow Central (GLC) and Glasgow Queen Street (GLQ).

The closest Subway station to Glasgow Central is St Enoch’s.

The closest to Glasgow Queen Street is Buchanan Street.


The 100 service operates from George Square South, stop 609973, every 45 minutes starting approximately 10.20am daily. The service is operated by Community Transport Glasgow. View the timetable here 

Visit the City Sightseeing website for more information on the city tour services. 

Cycle parking is available at the west side of the museum. 

EV Rapid charging station available in car park. 

Please note: If you are coming into Glasgow by train and planning to use a PlusBus ticket, the sightseeing buses are not covered.

The Next Bike bicycle hire scheme is also in operation around Glasgow, with locations to pick up and drop off around the city, including at the Riverside.  

If you use a Taxi or private-hire car, there is a drop off point beside the car park. Disabled visitors can be dropped off at the front door, access is via the slip road barrier.

In case it is of use to anyone in your party, the AccessAble website has some useful accessibility information.

If using a Sat Nav for directions, we recommend you enter “The Riverside Museum” rather than the postcode.

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