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Riverside Museum passes half million visitor mark

August 15 2011

Riverside Museum passes half million visitor mark
The paint may have only just dried on Glasgow’s newest visitor attraction, its Riverside Museum, but already the refreshed repository of transport curios is celebrating crossing the psychologically significant half million visitors mark.

The figure, not far off Glasgow’s city population, has been reached in short order with an average of around 10,000 people a day traipsing around the cavernous lime green interior.
Some 3,000 exhibits and 150 interactive displays are housed within and there is promise of continual rotation of displays to tempt the punters back for repeat visits.

Glasgow City Council view the healthy figures as justification for their decision to locate the showpiece attraction to what many considered to be a less favourable location than the existing Kelvin Hall.

Under this previous incarnatrion the attraction typically welcomed around 7,000 visitors on an average weekend, although this rose to 10,000 during the museums twilight months as Glaswegians flocked for a final nostalgic gander prior to the doors being locked for good.

Built by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold the museum first opened its doors on June 21st.
A rippled roof provides column free structural support
A rippled roof provides column free structural support
Transport links to the new attraction have, ironically, been cited as problematic
Transport links to the new attraction have, ironically, been cited as problematic


#1 Posted by Brian on 16 Aug 2011 at 08:23 AM
The car park need looking at,the subway & train stations is fine only few mins walk in nice day! cant help thinking a train station just opposite would be possible and would save millions on fastlink bus.
#2 Posted by Life on 16 Aug 2011 at 15:22 PM
In the words of my 4 year old "the boat trip across the river was the best bit"

good to know all that money was well spent
Frank Lloyd Wright
#3 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wright on 16 Aug 2011 at 16:34 PM
Ah well, it must indeed be a total disaster if your wean wasn't impressed.

If you get any more original in your views you will be cracking jokes about him being the only one capable of programming the f***ing video recorder next.
#4 Posted by Life on 16 Aug 2011 at 20:11 PM
I don’t think this forums need comments like that
I merely highlight a comment from the buildings core user, yes the lowly parent and child
Who thought the museum was poor
Still im sure you will be warmly embracing the project as a fabulous success
Despite its lowly ranking on trip advisor of the 78th best thing to see in Glasgow
£100m well spent ? .....i don’t think so
Im also sure the project will also go on to win numerous awards in a grand back slapping exercise
I think sometimes we forget that building are built for their end uses and not to look flashy on a picture on the wall or a glossy brochure
On another note they may be Wanes, Video Recorders and Poor Language in your world but thankfully not in mine.
#5 Posted by zing on 17 Aug 2011 at 10:35 AM
FLW, consider yourself Telt!
#6 Posted by flipr on 17 Aug 2011 at 10:56 AM
Local archi-eunuchs don't like the museum as it features cars instead of trendy fixy-bicycles.
#7 Posted by wang on 17 Aug 2011 at 14:01 PM
surely a museum with a permanent collection should be designed around the pieces rather than (half) the pieces shoved into a building?

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