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Temporary closure: Saturday 23 October to Monday 15 November
To support the delivery of COP26 a small number of Glasgow Life venues will temporarily close. This includes Riverside Museum and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
The museum will close to the public at 5pm on Friday 22 October and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 16 November. No access will be possible between Saturday 23 October and Monday 15 November, inclusive.
Changes to parking, the restaurant and shop:
Updated Wednesday 20 October: We’ve received a further update that some parts of the customer car park will, in fact, be available until Friday. There will be reduced car parking available from 10am on Wednesday 20 October to 5pm on Friday 22 October. There will be no car parking facilities available after 5pm on Friday 22 October until the venue reopens on Tuesday 16 November
The restaurant will be closed from Saturday 16 October and will reopen on Tuesday 16 November. Snacks and hot drinks will be available on the first floor of the Museum from Saturday 16 October until 5pm on Friday 22 October.
The museum shop will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 20 October and will reopen at 11am on Sunday 21 November.
For more information, please visit the Glasgow Life COP26 Update page
Regular opening hours:
Monday-Thursday, Saturday: 10am-5pm
Friday and Sunday: 11am-5pm
We're pleased to confirm both the restaurant and the shop are also now open.
Pre-booked tickets are no longer required
We’re pleased to announce you no longer need a pre-booked ticket to visit Riverside.
While we will gradually increase visitor numbers your health and safety remains very important to us and some safety measures will stay in place.
Face coverings are still mandatory in public buildings, please bring one with you.
To help ensure an enjoyable experience for all visitors, we will continue to encourage social distancing and suggest a one way route in some areas.
QRs codes, for the Check in Scotland app, are available at main entrances and we appreciate your support for the Test and Protect process.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these changes. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We're happy to confirm we are now able to accept bookings for self-led educational groups and a small programme of facilitated workshops is also available for school groups.
All visits must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 0141 276 9505/9506, option 1 (Monday to Friday).
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.
- We're pleased to confirm the Shop at Riverside and the Restaurant are both open and the teams look forward to welcoming you back.
- Please observe signage in the venue and any one way routes that are in place.
- Please wash your hands and use hand sanitiser during your visit.
- Some smaller spaces and hands on displays will be closed off during your visit to allow hygiene measures to be maintained.
- Please do not visit the museum if you, or any members of our household, has any symptoms of Coronavirus
- There are no cloakroom facilities or takeaway within the building, however there are catering outlets directly outside the museum.
- We are unable to provide space for packed lunches at this time.
- For more information and ways to enhance your visit please visit Glasgow Museums where floor maps can be downloaded.
- 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
The City of Glasgow is currently in Level 0 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 protection levels.
Please refer to the latest guidelines on the Scottish Government website for information on the protection level restrictions.
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 the City Sightseeing 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 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.