Riverside Museum is a big crowd pleaser

09 Nov 2012

The Riverside Museum is celebrating 2 million visitors within the first 16 months of opening.

GLASGOW'S Riverside Museum has hit the two million visitor mark, just 16 months after opening its doors. When it opened, organisers hoped it would attract 800,000 visitors in its first year - but the venue has exceeded expectations.

Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of Glasgow Life, the charity that runs the museum, said: "Riverside has proved to be a massive hit with the public.

"People keep coming back to see the exhibits time and time again and to enjoy the changes we have made to the displays.

"Riverside has surpassed all our expectations and has become firmly established as one of Scotland's favourite attractions."

Riverside, which opened in June 2011, got its one millionth visitor last December.

The 2m figure compares to the 460,000 people who visited the former Transport Museum at the Kelvin Hall each year.

Riverside Museum is now the most popular attraction in Glasgow. In one day in June it was visited by more than 15,000 people.

The £74million museum has more than 3000 exhibits, including 150 interactive displays.

The Tall Ship Glenlee is also moored in front of the museum's south facade. Glenlee is one of only five Clyde-built sailing vessels still afloat in the world and the only one in the UK.

Source: Evening Times: A big crowd pleaser