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Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton

Notice: The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton will Close for Just Saturday 9th July.

This is due to staff sickness which has left us short. We are sorry for any inconvenience and the Museum will be open as usual on Monday

There are some COVID-19 related changes which can be found here

Opening Times and Admission

Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Kids: (Age 16 and under):  Free entry (up to 3 children with every fee-paying adult or concession ticket, thereafter £2 per child)

Adults: (Age 17+):  £4.50

Concessions: Adults aged 60+, registered disabled, or full time students: £3.50 Registered Carers: One free when accompanying a paid disabled person
Free entry for Art Fund members and Scottish Maritime Museum Friends.
To benefit from the above concessions, please bring supporting documentation with you such as your student card or membership card.

Annual Pass:
Joint Membership and up to 6 children £30
Single Membership and up to 3 children £21
Student/Concession £16

Group Visits:
Attractive discount rates are available for large group bookings.
Call 01389 763 444 for more information.

There are steps leading to the Museum as well as within the Museum.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Tables and chairs in the café are free standing.

Free Parking

Visit the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton to discover how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative and experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.

  •  See the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the length of a football pitch
  • Enter the world of the bygone ship designer in William Denny’s drawing office, and find out how to design your own ship.
  • Learn about Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty-Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers.
  • Discover ship models, photographs and historic objects in the Propeller shop. Experience the working environment of the traditional model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882.
  • Try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model.

The Corner Cafe:
Unfortunately due the circumstances around COVID-19 the Corner Café will remain closed until further notice. We are doing all we can to get open as soon as possible.

Getting Here

Rail – Take the Edinburgh to Helensburgh Central train, get off at Dumbarton Central, and the museum is five minutes from the station.

Road – Use Postcode G82 IQS for satellite navigation systems; or follow signs from Glasgow, take A82 Great Western Road, then A814 sign posted Dumbarton road. Follow brown tourist signs at roundabouts, left on Church Street and again left onto Castle street.

Bicycle – There are various cycle routes passing Dumbarton, including National Cycle Network Route 7

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