Scottish Maritime Museum
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 two sites operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum contain the exhibitions and collections that tell the story of that great maritime tradition. On both 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.
The Irvine site also has the Shipyard Workers Flat from the 1920s, this is part of our Daily Tour.
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 two locations:
Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine;
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton.
Our vessels can be seen at the Irvine site, one of which is part of our Daily Tour. (Weather dependant)
Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site
3 January - 24 December
Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Groups by appt
Puffers Coffee Shop is open all year round.
The Linthouse building is closed between Christmas & New Year.
See website for latest opening hours and admission charges
Memories, Machines and Music
- 14 May 2016 10am-4pm
Step back in time for this unique vintage reminiscence event for all the family. The iconic Linthouse building will be brought to life by the Clydeside Singers and musician Fiona Anderson whilst the museums tenement flat will be showcasing life of a different kind with its living history dramatization of a 1920’s home created by ‘Break a leg drama’. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be a fabulous fleet of vintage vehicles in the courtyard many of which have local connections. You’ll also have the opportunity to view some wonderful costumes in a temporary exhibition provided by The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and finally you’ll get the chance to get hands on with collections and share your own stories in reminiscence sessions.
£5 Adults, Kids Go Free (up to 3 per paying Adult)
Scottish Maritime Museum
The Linthouse Building
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