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We are open and look forward to welcoming you back to Riverside Museum.
The City of Glasgow is currently at Level 2 of the Scottish Government's COVID-19 protection levels.
Please refer to the latest guidelines on the Scottish Government website for information on the restrictions that apply to your area.
Essential information for planning your visit
- Our current opening hours are Mon-Sat, Thu: 10-5pm Fri, Sun: 11-5pm
- A ticket is required to enter the museum. Tickets are FREE and available to book at the link below. You need to pre-book, at least 24 hours in advance, for a specific date and time.
- Tickets can be booked for a maximum of 6 people
- We are unable to accommodate group bookings at this time.
- Please do not book tickets or visit the museum, if you, or any members of your household, has any symptoms of Coronavirus. Follow up to date medical guidance. More
- If you should be isolating as part of travel or medical advice please do not visit the museum.
- Tickets will be released in two week blocks - tickets go live every two weeks on a Thursday, for the two week period beginning the following Monday.
- Please note tickets are non-transferable. If the ticket holder can no longer visit the museum please release tickets by contacting the Glasgow Life Box Office at BOSales@glasgowlife.org.uk
- Please ensure you wear a face covering to stay safe and protect others, unless you have an exemption.
Book tickets HERE
On the day of your visit
- On arrival please enter via the doors facing the car park.
- Wear a face covering to stay safe and protect others. Guidance on face covering exemptions is available from the Scottish Government website here.
- Please do not visit the museum if you, or any members of our household, has any symptoms of Coronavirus
- Your e-ticket will be checked on arrival so please have this ready.
- Please arrive as a group with the ticket holder in attendance to ensure we comply with Test and Protect.
- Please maintain 2 metre physical distancing during your visit.
- There are no cloakroom facilities, restaurant/café, takeaway or retail within the building, however we will have catering outlets directly outside the museum.
- We are unable to provide space for packed lunches at this time.
- Some smaller spaces and hands on displays will be closed off during your visit to allow hygiene and physical distancing measures to be maintained.
- Please observe signage in the venue and any one way routes that are in place.
- For more information and ways to enhance your visit please visit Glasgow Museums where floor maps can be downloaded.
- Please ensure children are supervised at all times to ensure physical distancing measures can be maintained.
- Please wash your hands and use hand sanitiser during your visit.
- We politely ask that you keep your visit to a maximum of 2 hours to ensure we can offer entry to as many visitors as possible
Keeping you safe
- As it has been throughout this pandemic, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and Glasgow Life staff remains our priority. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidance and ensure that safety is at the heart of how we operate in the current environment.
- Our visitor charter sets out the safety measures we have introduced to create a safe space and it highlights how you can help protect yourself and others while visiting the museum.
Further information for your visit
- For information on opening hours, how to enter the museum, what's open, face coverings and more, see our Museum FAQs.
We're Good To Go
We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means Riverside Museum has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has completed a Risk Assessment and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and physical distancing.
As it has been throughout this pandemic, the health and wellbeing of all Glasgow Life staff and the public remains our priority. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidance and ensure that safety is at the heart of how we operate in the current environment.
We’ll continue to keep this page up-to-date regarding our response to Covid-19. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it could be worth a bookmark. You can also follow Glasgow Life on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for our latest updates.
British Sign Language (BSL) users: For more information and the latest updates on Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council services during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the dedicated BSL section of the council’s website.
Support us: As one of Scotland’s largest charities, Glasgow Life is hugely grateful for the support it has received during the coronavirus pandemic, which has helped us to continue vital work in communities across the city during the most challenging of times. You can continue to help us by donating here.
Get the most up-to-date information on Glasgow Life's response to Covid-19 here.
Riverside Museum is the first purpose-built museum created by Glasgow Life in the 21st century. Located at the junction of the Rivers Kelvin and Clyde, it houses the city’s fabulous transport and technology collections, which have been gathered over the centuries and which reflect the important part Glasgow has played in the world through its contributions to heavy industries like shipbuilding, train manufacturing and engineering.
The museum was designed by internationally renowned architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. It opened in 2011 after a four-year build, with over 3,000 objects from the city's world-famous collections displayed inside.
"The Riverside Museum is a fantastic project where the exhibits and building come together at this prominent and historic location on the Clyde waterfront. The complex geometries of the extruded design continue Glasgow’s rich engineering traditions and will be a part of the city’s future as a centre of innovation." – Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)
There is wheelchair and pram access to all public areas using the lifts.
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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 only buses that serve Riverside are:
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 100 bus is not covered (nor the sightseeing buses).
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.
Please note: the A814 Clydeside Expressway Westbound will be closed due to major roadworks from Monday 26 October for 6 weeks. Diversions will be in place, if you would travel via this route please allow a little extra time for your journey.
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.
Events and exhibits at Riverside Museum
Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency
Wed 20 Nov 2019 to Wed 20 Nov 2030
First complete illustrated book of all 676 internationally important ship models published
Tue 17 Dec 2019 to Sat 17 Dec 2022
Treasured shoe added to Athenia display on 80th anniversary of the sinking
Tue 17 Dec 2019 to Sat 17 Dec 2022
Riverside Museum displays
Find out more about the display themes at Riverside Museum.