School visits typically begin at 10am and finish at 2pm and can include a mixture of guided tours tailored to your topic, time to explore our exhibitions, hands-on workshops and trails and space to have lunch.

Guided tours

The Linthouse Level 1+ (45 minutes)

Our main museum tour covering our wide range of vessels and objects tailored to your topic. Highlights include lifeboat TGB and our huge selection of shipbuilding machine tools. Curriculum links dependent on topic

Shipyard Worker’s Flat  All levels (30 minutes, dry weather)

It’s wash day in the Edwardian Shipyard Worker’s Flat! Pupils will put on their caps and aprons to experience what daily life was like in a 1920s. tenement Smell the carbolic soap and play with some old toys! SOC 0-01a, SOC 0-04a SOC 1-02a, SOC 1-04a SOC 2-04a

Harbourside Walk *NEW* Early Level & Level 1 (30 minutes)

Grab your binoculars and clipboard and head down Irvine’s historic harbourside. Look across the Bogside Flats SSSI and spot some local wildlife. SOC 0-07a, SOC 0-08a SOC 1-07a

MV Kyles All levels (45 minutes)

Climb aboard the oldest Clydebuilt vessel still afloat in the UK and find out what life was like living and working aboard a ship. SOC 0-04a SOC 1-03a, SOC 1-04a SCN 2-08b, SOC 2-04a, SOC 2-09b, TCH 2-05a

Fitting Shed *NEW* Level 2+ (30 minutes)

See, hear and smell the inner workings of some industrial-sized engines, thinking about the underlying science and technology innovations. SCN 2-07a,  TCH 2-12a 

Teacher-led trails


The Rat Trail Early Level & Level 1 (30 minutes)

Find our seven sneaky rats hidden around the museum! Each of them has a different maritime job. Which job would you like best? HWB 0-20a HWB 1-20a


Curriculum-linked trails allow you to explore the museum at your own pace.


The Big Draw - Get Sketchy *NEW* Early Level - Level 2 (45 minutes)

Collect a clipboard and sketch your favourite objects in our exhibition Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation. Until 31/10/2017. EXA 0-02a EXA 1-02a EXA 2-02a


Maritime Maths Trail *NEW* Level 1 & Level 2 (45 minutes)

Maths is everywhere, even in museums! Explore patterns, geometry, symmetry and much more in this exciting trail. MNU 1-01a, MNU 1-03a, MNU 1-11a, MNU 1-11b, MTH 1-17a, MNU 1-20b MTH 2-07a, MNU 2-11a, MNU 2-20b


Pirate Treasure Hunt *NEW* Early Level & Level 1 (30 minutes)

Armed with a compass and a map, hunt around the museum until X marks the spot. What’s going in your treasure chest? MTH 0-17a MTH 1-17a, MTH 1-18a

Example schedules, full/half day

Full day, e.g. Level 2 Half day, e.g. Nursery

10.00 Arrive and introduction

10.15 Tour of the MV Kyles

11.00 Tour of the Shipyard Worker’s Flat

11.30 Buoyant Adventures workshop

12.30 Lunch break

13.00 Maritime Maths trail

13.45 Time to visit the gift shop

14.00 Depart

10.00 Arrive and introduction

10.15 Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch workshop

11.15 Harbourside walk

11.45 Depart

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