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The Scottish Maritime Museum currently has collections located at two sites in the West of Scotland, both with strong maritime connections. The museums, located in Irvine and Dumbarton, each portray different areas of Scotland’s maritime heritage. A third museum, Clydebuilt at Braehead, originally opened in 1999 but was closed indefinitely during October 2010 due to lack of funding.Dumbarton - Denny Ship Model Experiment TankThe Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, in Dumbarton, offers the opportunity to step back into the world of the Victorian naval architect. Inspired by the work of eminent naval architect William Froude and completed in 1883, it was the world's first commercial example of a ship testing tank.Re-opened as a museum in 1982, it retains many of its original features, including the 100-meter-long ship testing tank, as long as a football pitch, which although demonstrated from time to time, lacks instrumentations and can no longer be used for hydrodynamic research and testing. The museum also tells the story of the test tank's original owners, William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton; one of the most innovative shipbuilding companies in the world, until their closure in 1963.IrvineThe Irvine museum is located at Irvine Harbour, situated within the category A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons, which was salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Glasgow during 1991. The Linthouse engineering shop is now home to many industrial exhibits, including a model boat pond and the boatshop on the quayside, which contains an exhibition of ship models and children’s activities. Visitors can step into the past by touring the Shipyard Workers' Tenement Flat where they can see a typical 'room and kitchen' worker's tenement flat, restored to its 1920s appearance.Using our online itinerary creator, Irvine attractions like Scottish Maritime Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Scottish Maritime Museum reviews
Highly recommended, very interesting if you like boats its a must see. However even if you know nothing about boats it is an experience which is highly knowledgeable. The Puffers cafe is friendly...
Highly recommended, very interesting if you like boats its a must see. However even if you know nothing about boats it is an experience which is highly knowledgeable. The Puffers cafe is friendly... more »
Guaranteed to float your boat ! Welcoming Staff and plenty to keep all ages informed and entertained . Irvine used to be the West of Scotland's busiest port. Inside the stylish hangar and out...
Guaranteed to float your boat ! Welcoming Staff and plenty to keep all ages informed and entertained . Irvine used to be the West of Scotland's busiest port. Inside the stylish hangar and out... more »
What a wonderful experience visiting the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine Ayrshire Scotland. Very good collection of various historical ships, boats, equipment and memorabilia with good descriptions of what each piece was for. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff and we were lucky enough to get a tour of the workshop to see what the exceptional crafts people do to restore and build all of the wonderful boats ships and other equipment. I would definitely recommend visiting this remarkable museum.
This is an excellent museum and even the building has a fascinating history! The staff are really welcoming and knowledgeable. There's also a great café and gift shop. There's plenty for children as well as adults to learn and enjoy.
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