No matter if museums and exhibitions are usually not your thing, the new Riverside Museum of Transports in Glasgow is a must-see. Besides the astounding building, designed by world famous architect Zaha Hadid, what you get at the Riverside is quite different from what people usually expect from a museum. It’s not only a matter of seeing. It’s a fascinating experience, a journey through the history of transport and… our history.
As soon as you enter, you’ll find yourself in a big, open space. There’s no defined itinerary to follow and visitors can simply wander around, guided by their own instincts and interests. Similarly, do not expect a chronological tour leading you through the history of transportation. Each of the 3,000 awesome objects exhibited has its own story and place in history, as the the immense 3007 locomotive – an amazing legacy of Glasgow’s glorious industrial past – or the colourful skateboards.
Enjoy a stroll in one of the little streets and step back to the early 20th Century, jump on the historic tramway, enter one of the old shops… The Riverside Museum promises fabulous entertainment for both adults and children.
The new Riverside Museum, inaugurated on the 21st of June 2011, is the glory of Glasgow. And it confirms once again the role of the Scottish biggest city – which was named European City of Culture in 1990 – as one of the main cultural poles of the Old Continent.
All photos by Simon Falvo
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