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Scottish Maritime Museum

The Scottish Maritime Museum holds an important nationally recognised and varied collection of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, several small vessels, canoes, lifeboats and other fascinating personal items.

The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland, with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. At these two sites, the Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, and fascinating personal items.Many of these exhibits can be found inside the Linthouse Building in Irvine, a unique Grade A listed, 19th—century historic building known as the Linthouse Engine Shop ‘Cathedral of Engineering and at the Denny Tank in Dumbarton, the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank.

Similarly, a visit to the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton, is an opportunity to step back into the world of the Victorian ship designer. Built in 1882, it retains many original features including the 300-ft long test tank.

Education is a lifelong learning experience and the Scottish Maritime Museum has a valuable role to play in that process.
The Museum, founded on the historic and continuing importance of the sea to Scotland, opens up the past to our young people and allows them to explore their history and our contribution to the world in terms of maritime developments and pioneering engineering techniques.


The Linthouse Building, 6 Gottries Road,
Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE


01294 278283


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Marine Drive · Irvine · Ayrshire · KA11 5AE  ·  Tel: 01294 204040

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