I don’t really like museums. I’d much rather see stuff being used and enjoyed than just preserved behind glass for the Sunday access Dads to show their kids. However entry to the Riverside museum (quite an impressive building externally) is free, and it’s the home of the old Glasgow museum of transport. So, lured in by “European Museum of the year 2013” I went to take a look.

The museum covers more than just motoring. There’s plenty of shipbuilding history and some great models all behind thick glass to you can’t really get any pics without capturing Jock and son’s reflection. There are trams, a Victorian street scene recreation and a couple of steam engines going nowhere. There’s also “the world’s first bicycle”, which (according to the info) probably isn’t the world’s first bicycle. I’ll move on to the motoring. The main problem with the Riverside museum is that nearly all the cars are mounted high on a wall. This probably looked great on the architect’s desk but means you can’t see the details of some quite cool models. There’s a Capri and Jaguar but up above your head, which is such a pity. There’s a Sinclair C5, dangling from a cable like it has been lynched. Down at ground level there’s a Mini, MK1 Cavalier and a mock police car. I can’t get overly excited by this although I’m sure some will enjoy it and I liked the nice display of Raleigh Choppers and other retro cycling exhibits.

There are also a few relics of Scotland’s car production here: An Argyll, (explained here) and a Hillman Imp, a car we love but would rather see rattling round a track than sat on a plinth. The Riverside has a strange feint green tinge to it inside, like that odd UV lighting used in carpark footwells to prevent the druggies from finding (and abusing) their veins. On the way out there is a mobility scooter mounted on an illuminated stand flashing possible destinations. The museum is situated on a quayside of the river Clyde. The sign on the mobility scooter said don’t touch. They must have read my mind.

Apologies for the quality of the pics.

Rich Duisberg.

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