Scottish Maritime Museum

Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

Scottish Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
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.
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Dan B
4 contributions
Great Museum
Aug 2021
Had this on our holiday list. Wife was not sure about it, but from the moment we arrived she was enthralled. Loads to see and learn about the local area and the maritime industry. Plenty of hands on activities for all ages and a clipboard activity just for the kids.
Museum shop and restaurant just up the road was excellent and good value for money.
Written 16 August 2021
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JHNB1
Cambridge, UK207 contributions
Recommended
Jul 2021
An excellent museum with so much to see for all. Obviously many boats in all stages of restoration and many complete and we really likes the machinery section. Children also have activities for a more personal focus. This museum also has an outdoor section and a bookshop and café close to the quay front. The street area is also very interesting architecturally with many original buildings from when this area was more industrial.
Written 5 August 2021
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Chris T
Dumfries, UK161 contributions
Highlight of Irvine
Dec 2020
This is a superb museum which easily swallowed up hours of my time. I would recommend you dress warmly while visiting, the enormous main hall was very cold. The staff were helpful and the artefacts very interesting. Probably the best thing in Irvine!
Written 12 January 2021
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David B
8 contributions
Wednesday day out
Oct 2020 • Couples
A great day out ,lots of interesting displays of boats and engineering of shipbuilding. Well worth a visit
Written 14 October 2020
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Isobel G
1 contribution
Bygone days of The Clyde
Sep 2020
A very interesting and informative day out, staff were exceptionally helpful.
We found the Museum by chance, it was the highlight of our holiday.
Also there is a lovely cafe/shop/restaurant on the harbourside, worth a visit.
Covid 19 restrictions apply.
Written 9 October 2020
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margaret c
3 contributions
Great day out for Ship enthusiasts
Sep 2020 • Couples
This was a great experience. Lots to see . Very large exhibit and very informative. Staff were very friendly and helpful .
Written 26 September 2020
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kkkaarreenn
Colchester, UK96 contributions
Surprising little jewel
Mar 2020 • Couples
At the beginning of coronavirus we found ourselves in a tucked away part of Scotland. Before running back south we wanted to have one day of being tourists.
Lots of things were yet to open so we opted for what we thought was going to be a little collection featuring someone’s photo albums, some newspaper cuttings and maybe an oar.
So good to be so wrong.
This museum rivals Chatham dockyard in the south.
Great big shed, external buildings. Loads of ships, boats, education and a sprawl of a site across different aspects of the town/waterfront catching social history alongside maritime history.
Add in a guided tour by Circe who clearly loves what she does and oozes enthusiasm and you have an absolute doozy of a day out for mini money.
And they have a very good on site restaurant at affordable prices.
Thank you museum for giving us the only rest we had on that particular holiday.
Pure escapism.
Written 7 May 2020
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lorny29
scotland78 contributions
Please Be Aware
Dec 2019 • Friends
As we were going to puffer cafe situated within this building we had to use entrance via a door which opens outward this is dangerous on a windy day a gust of wind caught it and injured my finger
As our weather forecast shows continuing high winds be aware please take care
Written 14 December 2019
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Hamish H
Ayr, UK1 contribution
Scottish Maritime Museum, brilliant
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a wonderfull museum, what an interesting visit. We spent hours wandering and had a lovely guided tour with Abi. She was informative and we shared stories of living in a tenement. We are from Ayrshire but did not appreciate the history of Irvine harbour. The museum itself had great exhibits, each with good photos and explanations of the role Scotland played in revolutionising world shipping. The atmosphere changed as the evening outside darkened, wonderfull. We will be back.
Irvine harbour are itself is so intersesting with bars, cafes and an Arts Centre.
The Puffer Cafe was welcoming with a doorman opening the door for us.
5 star day.
Written 14 December 2019
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JVPG
Chichester, United Kingdom910 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2019 • Couples
This museum is mainly aimed at ship building and has a great selection of artifacts and machinery related to ship building. There is also a display about the marine industry around the Clyde in the early to mid 1900's. Good gift shop and cafe available across the road from the main building. Be aware if you visit during the winter the main museum building is not heated so wrap up well.
Written 21 November 2019
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