Castle Street, Dumbarton
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May

The hover will be no bother at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s free Pop Up Science Weekend on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May as visitors get the chance to build their own hovercraft, create wind turbines, use pedal power to move water and lots of other fun family hands on activities and challenges.

Supported by the ScottishPower Foundation and part of National Museums Scotland’s Powering Up!, the free Pop Up Science Weekend takes place between 10am – 4pm each day within marquees in the courtyard of the Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) on Castle Street in Dumbarton.

As well as enjoying activities with the Scottish Maritime Museum and National Museums Scotland teams, visitors will find Glasgow Science Centre, the National Museum of Flight and PeachyKeen on site for  the weekend of family fun which also includes free entry to the Museum on both days.

Announcing the Pop Up Science Weekend Beverley Donaldson, Acting Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says: “Inspired by the scientific innovation of the world-renowned William Denny and Brothers shipyard on which site the Museum stands today, the Pop Up Science Weekend promises to be a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages and it’s free. Come along and join the Museum team and our fabulous event partners, National Museums Scotland, Glasgow Science Centre, the National Museum of Flight and PeachyKeen, as we roll our sleeves up for some cool science and awesome hands on activities.”

Visitors can follow in the footsteps of William Denny and Brothers by trying their hand at making and testing a hovercraft and helicopter with the Scottish Maritime Museum team.

Have you got the Power? Join the National Museums Scotland team for Powering Up! and some brain tickling challenges, from building a wind turbine to constructing a hydro-powered dam with LEGO® bricks. Then, stretch your legs to create some serious cycle-power to move water! 

Take to the air with The National Museum of Flight and build and fly a glider and, for younger visitors, make and take home paper aeroplanes. Visitors will also get a chance to see an original Irvine Jacket, as worn by pilots in the Second World War, up close.

PeachyKeen, which design products using human movement to generate electricity, will be there with their Water Lot of Energy challenge. Go head to head with another challenger to pump water from a storage tank to water bottle using the ‘PeachyKeen Power Stations’.

Or, become an Electric Detective with Glasgow Science Centre (Saturday only). Investigate electrical circuits, discover which materials conduct electricity and build a battery!

Entry to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton will be FREE during the weekend with guided tours running throughout.

Entrance to the Pop Up Science Weekend is FREE for all.