Scottish Maritime Museum

Scottish Maritime Museum
The Linthouse Building
Laird Forge
Gottries Road
North Ayrshire
KA12 8QE



Visitor services


01294 278283


01294 313211

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Scotland's influence on the maritime history of the world from the eighteenth century to the modern day has been enormous and out of all proportion to the size of the Country. The three sites operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum contain the exhibitions and collections that tell the story of that great maritime tradition. On two of the sites the buildings themselves are important parts of that story. The sites are complemented by the collection of vessels that represent 150 years of the working vessels of Scotland.

If your interests are in the detailed aspects of the building of ships or the way in which ordinary people interacted with the sea, then the Scottish Maritime Museum should be your first port of call. If you want to undertake detailed research or just an enjoyable and stimulating day out, the Scottish Maritime Museum can provide it.

The Scottish Maritime Museum's professional team can assist you with your questions about maritime heritage or train you to build or repair vessels in the traditional manner. Our sites apart from offering a great day out are the venue for concerts, exhibitions and events. When ever possible the working parts of our sites are made available for the public to view and our historic machinery or vessels continue to operate. The Scottish Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities, adding new exhibitions and displays.

The Museum is sited at three locations:
Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine;
Clydebuilt at Braehead, Glasgow; and
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton.

Many of our vessels are in working condition and can be seen at Irvine and Braehead.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

1 April-31 October
Daily 1000-1700
Closed Winter
Groups by appt
Puffers Coffee Shop is open all year round.

The museum is closed from 31st October to 1st April.

Admission charges

See website for latest opening hours and admission charges

Collection details

Archives, Land Transport, Maritime