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Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton

Opening Times and Admission

Castle Street, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire G82 1QS

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm (Closed 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January)
Changes to the above will be notified on the ticket booking pages.

Day Ticket Dumbarton

FREE entry for up to three Children 3yrs+ with each Adult or Concession ticket. 
All Children under 3yrs FREE
Adult: £5.00 | Concession: £4.00 | Child (Not included in the above offer): £2.50
Registered Carers, ASVA, Art Fund members, Scottish Maritime Museum Members and Corporate Members: Free


Membership & Annual Pass:

  • Joint Membership and up to 6 Children: £30
  • Single Membership and up to 3 Children: £21
  • Student/Concession: £16


Conditions & Further Information

Admission Tickets Conditions

  • Adult
    Age 17yrs+
  • Concession
    Age 60yrs+, registered disabled, full-time student, British military personnel, NHS staff, emergency services personnel including RNLI & Coastguard
  • Child
    Under 3yrs FREE
    FREE entry for up to three Children 3yrs+ with each Adult or Concession ticket.
  • Registered Carers
    One free when accompanying a paid disabled person
  • Art Fund Members
    Free on production of a membership card
  • Scottish Maritime Museum Members and Corporate Members.
    Free on production of a membership card

To benefit from the above concessions, please bring supporting documentation with you such as your student card or membership card and a separate form of ID

Discount codes require you to present your voucher, key card/fob, membership or ID card at the visitor reception on arrival

Group Visits

  • Attractive discount rates are available for groups of 10+
  • Please call 01389 763 444 for more information




FREE parking on site.

Day Ticket

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.
  • Enjoy family-friendly interactive games and trails which change seasonally, or the activity trail, which is a fun, interactive and learning experience way to explore the Museum.
  • 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.

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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