Inside the Riverside Museum

01 Jun 2011

It's only a few weeks to go till the opening! Press photographers were allowed inside the museum for the first time today... and it's looking good!

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow's newest visitor attraction, home to the transport, engineering and shipbuilding legacy that made Glasgow great.

And today (Wednesday, June 1), the world's media were given their first glimpse of Riverside: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, which will open to the public at 10am on Tuesday, June 21.

The Riverside Museum is an architectural masterpiece, designed by Zaha Hadid, arguably the world's most in-demand architect. The £74 million museum is Hadid's first major public commission to open in the UK. It houses more than 3,000 exhibits, in over 150 interactive displays telling the stories of the people who made the term 'Clyde Built' one which travelled the world and spoke volumes about unbeatable quality.

From massive steam locomotives, to the recreation of a city street during the 1900s, the cathedral-like structure provides a stunning backdrop to showcase the innovation and ambition of what was the 'Second City of the Empire'.

The Riverside Museum has been funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal. Like all of Glasgow's 10 civic museums, entry is free.

Outside, The Tall Ship Glenlee is moored in front of the museum's dramatic south façade, bringing her together, for the very first time, with the city's unrivalled ship model collection, and creating a dramatic and iconic international destination. The Glenlee is one of only five Clyde-built sailing vessels afloat in the world today and the only one in the UK.

Source: Glasgow press release: First glimpse inside