The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the West of Scotland with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton.

At our Irvine site, explore the Linthouse, Scotland’s ‘Cathedral of Engineering’, a vast, unique Grade A listed 19th-century shipyard building. Climb aboard the MV Kyles, the oldest Clydebuilt vessel still afloat in the UK, and discover our shipyard worker’s tenement flat. You can also have time to visit our temporary exhibitions.

In Dumbarton on the River Leven by the Clyde visit the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank - the first commercial tank in the world - and discover the scientific and engineering innovations of the influential shipyard. See firsthand how ship designs were tested and visit our new Engage, Experiment, Engineer gallery.


On their visit, pupils of all ages can: - Investigate their local and national history. - Discover fascinating vessels, objects and stories. - See STEM principles and discoveries in action. - Handle real historical objects. - Enjoy storytelling and outdoor learning. - Be curious, creative and inspired.