Accessible Riverside Museum Glasgow
Accessible Museum Building,
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Accessible Riverside Museum in Glasgow
The Riverside Museum in Glasgow is the first purpose-built museum created by Glasgow Life in the 21st century.
Located at the junction of the River Kelvin and the River Clyde, the Riverside Museum houses Glasgow’s fabulous transport and technology collections, which have been gathered over centuries – and which reflect the important part Glasgow has played in the world through its contributions to heavy industries like shipbuilding, train manufacturing and engineering.
The museum was designed by internationally renowned architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, and opened in 2011 after a four-year build, with over 3,000 objects from the city’s world-famous collections displayed inside.
“The Riverside Museum is a fantastic project where the exhibits and building come together at this prominent and historic location on the Clyde waterfront. The complex geometries of the extruded design continue Glasgow’s rich engineering traditions and will be a part of the city’s future as a centre of innovation.” – Dame Zaha Hadid (1950-2016).
The Riverside Museum building is on two levels. There are two wheelchair accessible lifts which will take you between floors.
There is also a wheelchair accessible platform lift by the steam engine, which gives wheelchair access to the cab level.
Accessible Parking at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow
There are 10 accessible parking spaces in the Riverside Museum car park. Parking in these accessible spaces is free for Blue Badge holders (and only £1 for all others – which is a very reasonable rate for parking in Glasgow).
The accessible parking spaces are located near the main entrance to the Riverside Museum. There is a dropped kerb between the road surface of the parking area and the pavement in front of the Riverside Museum entrance.
Getting to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow using Public Transport
The nearest train station to the Riverside Museum is at Partick, which is still more than half a mile away!
The Riverside Museum is a stop on the Glasgow “hop on-hop off” tour bus (which is also wheelchair accessible – and is actually a great way to see Glasgow).
To call a wheelchair accessible taxi, call Glasgow Taxis (+44141 429 7070). ALL their taxis are fitted with a wheelchair ramp.
Otherwise, just pick up a wheelchair accessible taxi at the nearest taxi rank. There is a taxi rank on Gordon Street – directly outside the main entrance to Glasgow Central Station.
So my advice, if you want to arrive/leave by public transport, would be to simply take an accessible taxi here from central Glasgow (or arrive on the Glasgow Hop On Hop Off bus).
I would definitely definitely definitely recommend that you take your initial taxi (or the Hop On Hop Off bus) all the way to the Riverside Museum first, and visit the wheelchair accessible Glasgow Science Centre & also the wheelchair accessible Clydeside Distillery as you walk/roll back to central Glasgow on the wheelchair accessible Glasgow Riverside DIY Walking Tour route.
Or vice versa: walk/roll from Glasgow Central train station along the wheelchair accessible Glasgow Riverside DIY Walking Tour route to the Riverside Museum, then return to the centre of Glasgow by taxi (which you can call from the Riverside Museum); or return on the Hop On Hop Off bus.
Access - Entrance to the Riverside Museum in Glasgow
There are two entrances to the Riverside Museum. The main entrance (which faces the car park); and the riverside entrance (which faces the River Clyde and the Tall Ship)
Therefore, if you have walked (rolled) to the Riverside Museum following the wheelchair accessible Glasgow Riverside DIY Walking Tour route, you will actually arrive nearer to the riverside entrance.
As with all public museums in Glasgow, admission to the Riverside Museum is free. However, the museum is actually run by a charity – which relies on the continued generous support of the many friends, donors and volunteers who enable them to care for the transport museum collections, offer visitors an inspirational experience and provide exceptional education services for thousands of people each year.
So, when you see a donation box during your visit, please make a donation. You can also donate online.
Accessible Toilets at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow
There are four wheelchair accessible toilets on the ground floor of the Riverside Museum (including a Changing Places toilet); and another two wheelchair accessible toilets on the upper floor.
Accessible Cafe/Restaurant at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow
There are two places to eat and drink at the Riverside Museum. The main cafe/restaurant which overlooks the Tall Ship and the River Clyde, near the riverside entrance on the ground floor. And a smaller cafe on the first floor too.
Great quality food – at very reasonable prices.
Thank you – and happy travels!
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