The transport museum located in the Scottish city of Glasgow has traditionally been the most visited tram-related visitor attraction in the UK, no doubt largely thanks to the lack of an admission charge. Since being redeveloped as the Riverside Museum at a new site in 2011, attendance numbers have been very impressive but unfortunately 2013 saw a significant drop in visitor numbers.
After attracting more than one million people to visit the Riverside Museum in its first two years of existence, attendances dropped sharply in 2013. A 26.6% drop in visitor numbers meant that less than 750,000 people came to see its delights last year. Although this is still a very healthy number, the rapid decline is much less healthy and perhaps indicates that the novelty of an existing collection being displayed in a totally new museum has now begun to wear off. Naturally, it can be challenging to encourage repeat visits to a static museum but hopefully Glasgow will be able to achieve just that, and stabilise its attendance figures in the years ahead.
The Riverside Museum is home to the largest collection of Glasgow trams in any one place, including two Standard cars and the wonderful ‘Room & Kitchen’ single-deck car 672, as well as the only restored Glasgow horse tram in existence.