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Exhibitions

Friday 18th November 2022 - Sunday 19th February 2023
All Mortal Greatness is but Disease examines Scotland’s participation in the whaling industry, which today has been all but forgotten, as are the stories of the men for whom whaling provided an unrivalled opportunity for prosperity and adventure.
4 November 2022 - 5 February 2023
We're happy to announce a new temporary exhibition in collaboration with the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society for their 10th anniversary photography competition. Come and see these stunning photographs taken across the UK. This will be on display from 4 November 2022 until 5 February 2023.
This exhibition is now closed
Sea Monsters! will be an exploration of both the real and mythical creatures residing off the coasts of Scotland as well as those that are believed to lurk in oceans around the world.
Online Exhibition
As part of the Art That Made Us Festival launched by the BBC in April, the Scottish Maritime Museum has developed the online exhibition 'Scotland's Quarantine Island'.
Saturday 7th May 2022 - 31st December
The fantastic new exhibiiton comes to Dumbarton! It tells the amazing story of Skylark IX, which is believed to be one of only two ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ from the World War 2 Operation Dynamo surviving in Scotland.
Permanent display
The Harbour Stories Screening Room showcases a collection of personal stories reflecting on life lived around the shipyards and marine industries of Irvine and Garnock Valley during the last century.
Permanent display
Visit this exhibition built inside the hold of the last surviving Scottish-built puffer! Learn how these iconic boats evolved from small sailing coasters to steamships to diesel engine lifelines.
This exhibition has now closed
Glass Artist and Researcher, Dr Ayako Tani's latest exhibition, Glass Ships in Bottles, comes to the Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton.  It tells the fascinating story of the origins of the glass ships in bottles industry that stemmed from the decline of scientific glass blowing in the UK.
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