The Riverside Museum has been awarded a Gold Certificate under the Green Tourism scheme run by Visit Scotland. The museum was evaluated in accordance with a stringent set of standards, which includes energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity, and a number of other factors. This award recognises ecologically responsible behaviour and is widely regarded as a benchmark of 'green quality.'
Zaha Hadid Architects and Buro Happold were responsible for the design of the structure that houses the Riverside Museum. Event Communications, a specialised museum design business based in London, was responsible for the design of the museum's inside exhibitions and displays.
The city's transport collection was once housed in the city's Kelvin Hall; however, that building has since been replaced with the purpose-built Museum.
The museum may be found in its current location on the site of the former A. & J. Inglis Shipyard within Glasgow Harbour. This location is on the north bank of the River Clyde and is next to the point where the River Clyde and the River Kelvin come together. This location made it possible for the SV Glenlee, which is owned by the Clyde Maritime Trust, and other visiting ships to berth beside the museum.
- Riverside Museum Glasgow Latitude 55.865128° N Longitude -4.3063245° E
- Riverside Museum Glasgow Postcode G3 8RS
The Riverside Museum of Transports and Travel has an entrance lobby, a huge free-column exhibition hall, education and entertainment areas, a cafe, and a shop spread across its gross floor area of 11,000 square metres / 118,000 square feet.
In addition to being clad in 24,000 zinc panels, the exterior of the building is distinguished by an impressive glass facade that features a zigzagging roof on its south side. In front of this impressive glass facade is a restored Victorian sailing vessel called the Glenlee, which is moored permanently.
The primary exhibition gallery of the museum is a magnificent yellow-colored tunnel measuring 150 metres or 490 feet in length. The pieces that are on display may be found either on the floor or on giant "shelves" that are linked to the sidewalls of the gallery.
The same room also contains a circular installation that is suspended from the ceiling and depicts a number of bicycles "racing" on a made-up velodrome.