Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton
Currently CLOSED under the Tier 4 restrictions. Please check back here or monitor our social media for re-opening updates.
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.
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