Glasgow's Riverside Museum wins European Museum of the Year 2013

By Jenni Davidson | 21 May 2013

Glasgow's has been named European Museum of the Year (EMYA) at a ceremony in Belgium to mark International Museums Day.

A photo of a long thin boat on a river in front of a huge museum
The accolade is given to museums which have been built or extensively refurbished in the previous three years. It is the first time that a Scottish Museum has won the award.

The Riverside, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, was one of 40 museums from 21 countries to enter the competition.

According to the judges, the museum "demonstrates brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with wider social and universal issues."

The panel added that the museum "fulfils the EMYA criteria of public quality at the highest level."

The £74 million museum, which was designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, opened in June 2011 and has attracted more than two million visitors in two years.

Built on the banks of the river Clyde, it houses 3,000 objects relating to Glasgow’s transport, shipbuilding and industrial heritage.

"Our fantastic Riverside Museum has been crowned Europe's best,” said Councillor Archie Graham, the chairman of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council.

“That is no accident and is down to the hard work, passion and creativity of our staff, who do everything they can to bring the stories of our transport and engineering past to existing and new audiences."
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