Glasgow Waterfront Museum peter's travEls

Glasgow has a number of fine museums, a good transit system and a beautiful, pedestrian-oriented downtown with lots of good food to eat. We were in town just for the day, as we had to catch a plane back to Canada in the morning. We chose to visit the Waterfront Museum mainly because it promised a good collection of transportation artifacts. It sits on the edge of the River Clyde, on the site of a former shipyard where some of the great ocean liners of the past were built. The slips where the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were built for Cunard in the 1930's are just to the south. The city's beautiful Science Centre, with its stunning tower is just across the river, and to the north, the great gantry crane remains as one of the few visible reminders of the shipyards.

The museum's many peaked roof evokes either the shipyard sheds of the past, or waves of water on the sea. Take your pick.

On entering the museum, you are confronted with so many cars, trucks, bicycles, trams, and locomotIves that you don't know where to look first. There's even a 40 ton locomotive perched at the edge of the balcony. You'd think it cluttered, but one your eyes settle down, it is quite a spacious hall, with very good interpretive displays.

As you move into the building more halls appear around corners, and there's even a second floor, where you can see what is purported to be the world's oldest bicycle. The second floor is a good vantage point to observe the undulating ramp on which cars climb the walls of the main hall, bicycles seem to fly through an arc of time, and a fire truck extends its ladder to the ceiling. They even have the world's second oldest Rolls Royce automobile.

The exhibits of bicycles suspended on a track on the ceiling give the museum a modern, surreal feeling.

There is a turn of the 20th century streetscape, complete with double decked trolley car on curved tracks, and stores stuffed with period goods. .

There is even a replica of one of Glasgow's early tube (subway) stations, complete with a train

This ornate coach would have given classy ride under the streets of Glasgow.

The history of the motorcycle undulates on four tiers near the tube station.

This 1905 Rolls Royce is the second oldest in the world.

This motorcycle and sidecar evokes the movie "Cars" for some reason.

Out the back, moored on the river there is a tall ship on display. The Glenlea is a three masted barque built in 1896 for Glasgow owners. It has three decks you can visit. Children seem to love it.

The museum is much larger than we had thought and we didn't give ourselves enough time to fully experience it before closing time.

Hours and ticket costs are available on their home page.

As we wander the world looking for artifacts, collections, and scenery to photograph, we like to share our experiences. If you liked this one, you'll love our entire series of travel blogs. Check out our web page: and look for "Peter's Travels" for our continuing adventures.

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