Maritime Museum

Museum tells the story of the inventors, craftsmen and explorers who helped shape shipbuilding across the world. Step inside the vast, family-friendly Victorian glass-roofed Linthouse, which was once a shipyard engine house, and discover some of Scotland's most important historic vessels, shipbuilding tools and engineering. Enjoy a host of interactive exhibits, including stepping aboard the 100 ton, 66 feet long MV Spartan, the last surviving Scottish-built puffer in Scotland.

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 · Harbour Road · Irvine · Ayrshire  ·  Tel: 01294 278283  ·         
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