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Exhibitions

Saturday 11 September 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022
The Glass Ships in Bottles exhibition curated by Dr Ayako Tani, a glass artist and researcher uncovers a remarkable story of ingenuity. Faced with redundancy following the decline of heavy industry in the 1970s, highly skilled scientific glassblowers in the UK combined their experience making laboratory apparatus in an open flame with artistic flair to create and sell glass ships in bottles.
Saturday 11th September 2021 - Tuesday 7th December 2021
Professor Helmut Langer and Journeys in Design Curator Dr John Ennis bring Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution to the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine. The multi-cultural students poster project has been shown internationally and as part of the United Nations World Ocean Day.
Saturday 16th October 2021 - Tuesday 11th January 2022
Multimedia artist Gail McGregor explores the effects of human begins on the oceans and nature through her sculpture Climate Change - The Plastic Age.
Saturday 25th September 2021 - Sunday 23rd January 2022
The Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton hosts and exhibition by The Loving Earth Project. The global community project celebrates people, places and creatures which are threatened by humanities impact on the environment.
Sunday 28th November 2021 - Jan 2022
We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of City of Glasgow’s Glass Art students sculptures, inspired by the Scottish Maritime Museum’s main collection and latest exhibition Glass Ships in Bottles by Ayako Tani.
Saturday 22nd January 2022 - Sunday 20th February 2022
Confusing shadow with substance is a collaborative project between artists Janette Kerr and Jo Millett, exploring aspects of Shetland’s relationship with the sea and the past.
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.
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