WHERE IS IT? In the West End, adjacent to Kelvingrove Park and Kelvin Hall, with the University of Glasgow looming on the hill above.
This is Glasgow’s newest custom-built museum and home to the now defunct Museum of Transport, which was previously located in Kelvin Hall.
The museum's unique exterior was designed by Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, in association with Bath based engineering consultancy Buro Happold. It was built on the location of the former A. & J. Inglis Shipyard, the most notable sight is the 19th Century Glasgow Tall Ship, the Glenlee, moored next to it on the River Clyde, which visitors can climb aboard. The museum has combined the previous collections from the Transport Museum, including the authentic recreation of a 19th century street, with new exhibits on Glasgow expansive maritime history. It has also acquired artwork to compliment the collection, such as L.S. Lowry’s Cranes and Ships, and a 1945 steam locomotive, originally built in Glasgow, gifted to the museum by South African firm Spoornet.
The museum is run by Clyde Waterfront, which has also created a riverside trail that runs outside the museum, guiding you through the sights and history of the river and surrounding areas. Please visit their website to find out more about this and all of their other projects.