Museum of Transport

Museum of Transport
1 Bunhouse Road
G3 8DP


Assembly of Spitfire LA198


0141 287 2720


0141 287 2692

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The Museum of Transport in the Kelvin Hall is one of the most popular museums of transport in the British Isles, attracting half a million visitors a year. Founded in 1964, it houses many exhibits of national and international importance.

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Opening hours

Monday-Thursday & Saturday 10am-5pm, Friday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Admission charges

Free. There may be charges for some temporary exhibitions. Please visit website for details.

The museum uses its collections of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour. Here you will find the oldest surviving pedal cycle and the finest collection in the world of Scottish-built cars, including such world famous makes as Argyll, Arrol Johnson and Albion.

The breadth of the collection is impressive, featuring all forms of transport from horse-drawn vehicles to fire engines, from motorcycles to caravans. Even toy cars and prams are included. In the Clyde Room are some 250 fascinating ship models, representing the gigantic contribution of the River Clyde and its shipbuilders and engineers to the world of maritime trade. From the Comet of 1812 to fabulous builders models of the Hood, Howe, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2, the Clyde Room reflects the proud boast 'Clyde built'.

Locomotive manufacture was also a supremely important Glasgow industry and the museum celebrates our railway heritage. You can see an impressive collection of famous locomotives such as Caledonian Railway Caley No123 single driver, the Highland Railway No103 the Jones Goods and the Gordon Highlander No49 of the Great North of Scotland Railway. Much loved by visitors from far and wide are the famous Glasgow trams, the 'Subway' station and Kelvin Street, where you can recapture the atmosphere of old Glasgow.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Inland Waterways, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Maritime, Medicine, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

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Back to the Drawing Board Workshops

No more boring Sundays! Come to the Museum of Transport and join-in with free 'Back to the Drawing Board' workshops, where everyone from 5 to 105 can take part in sketching one of the objects from the hundreds on display within the museum. Walk round the museum and choose an exhibit and object from the hundreds on display. You then sketch the object as you see it on display, then come back to a central point within the museum and copy it onto a larger piece of paper. You may even make a Museum of Transport poster! Workshops are available every Sunday, from 14.00-15.30.

How to obtain

The workshops are free and drop-in, but children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or guardians of children over 8 years old may leave their children in the workshops but must stay in the museum. Call the museum on 0141 287 2651 for further details.

Nanny Noo's Nursery Tours

Take a tour with Nanny Noo and her baby doll, at Glasgow's Museum of Transport. Along the way Nanny tells nursery rhymes and sings songs about the things that you see. The Tours are suitable for families with children aged 0-5 years and take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 14.00-16.00.

How to obtain

There is no need to book, but please phone 0141 287 2651 to check availability.