Culture Capitals: Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum Opens June 21 in Glasgow

Riverside Museum, GlasgowGlasgow is the place to be. A cool music and museum scene has catapulted the city—once an industrial capital-- into a cutting-edge destination for culture. And with the June 21 unveiling of the Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow will be luring culture vultures to ogle the latest masterpiece by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid.

Earlier this year, Luxury Travel Advisor got a behind-the-scenes look at the new museum, a flowing, zinc-paneled structure on the banks of the River Clyde. The enormous interiors, painted a lime green, showcase every mode of historical transport-- from boats to metro cars-- and pay homage to the city’s history as a shipbuilding center. The famous tall ship, The Glenlee, is moored just outside. We especially loved the recreated street scenes, depicting real storefronts and cafes in Glasgow from various eras in history. The ship model collection is also impressive. It’s a dynamic space, sure to captivate young and old alike. Despite the £74 million price tag for the project, entrance to the museum is free.

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