The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow

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Exhibiting some of the world’s finest vintage automobiles, bicycles, ship models, trams, and steam locomotives, The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel features interactive displays and a historic Glasgow street scene, giving life to many of the objects presented here. Entertaining guided tours introduce the history of transportation in all of its many forms. Use one of 90 large touchscreens to browse through images and videos telling the stories behind the exhibits. Also explore interactive displays and access platforms that allow you to climb aboard some of the trams, trains, and buses. Put The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel into our Glasgow travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Glasgow.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Don't be misled by my rating of only 4 stars.... it's a personal preference for the 'old' Transport Museum. This place is great and a permanent home for all the wonderful exhibits that Glasgow has to ...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    A lovely museum full of vintage cars, motorbikes, trains and lots of examples of public transport. Very interesting and in an interesting modern building in a lovely riverside location. Lovely on a su...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    A great inter active museum primarily about transport but containing so much more. Plenty of interactive and child friendly areas. Only hesitation is that a cobbled street area was not easy for wheel ...  more »
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  • One of the many things that makes me proud of Glasgow is that its museums are free of charge and thus accessible to all. This museum is fun, fascinating, educational - and a real adventure for all ages. And the fact that it is free of charge means I forgive the few interactive bits and bobs that are awaiting maintenance. Ages 0+ will find stimulation here. And the shop is super stylish too. Go. And catch the Tall Ship while you're at it. Or, as it's all free, pace yourself and take it all in over a few days.
  • Quite a way out along the Clyde, from Glasgow centre. On foot, just follow the north bank riverside path/cycle way or better still, hire a pushbike from stands dotted about the city centre. Sign posts include walking/cycling times to venue. Big car park & Free admission to museum. Fantastic building design and full of many many types of old vehicles and means of transport, including a train engine. A real trip down memory lane for some. Cafe, shop & knowledgeable staff.
  • Great museum fantastic selection of vintage cars, trains, bikes, motorbikes and model ships. the museum has disabled access and hearing aid access. Good cafe and museum is free access. another fantastic day out with kids and its free. If your a visitor pick up one fact sheets tell you all about award winning design of the museum.
  • Interesting building (although I personally don't find it inspirational), in a fantastic location. There is a good collection and some well thought out exhibits telling interesting stories. Overall though it just didn't hang together for me. Many of the exhibits seem to have been placed for effect rather than being accessible. I couldn't pick up on a connecting narrative running through the exhibition and many of the exhibits neither had enough depth for me or enough interaction for my eight year old.
  • Great museum, especially for transport history. There is a real range of stuff and sometimes it feels a little mixed up. Displays are good. Lots of space. Car wall is amazing. Could be a little more interactive for younger kids but well worth a visit.

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