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Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

We are now open and looking forward to welcoming you.

There are some COVID-19 related changes which can be found here

Opening Times and Admission

Open: Daily, 10am – 5pm

Kids (Age 16 and under):  Free entry (up to 3 children with every fee-paying adult or concession ticket, thereafter £4 per child)

Adults (Age 17+):  £8.50

Adults aged 60+, registered disabled, or full time students: £6.50
Registered Carers: One free when accompanying a paid disabled person
Free entry for Art Fund members and Scottish Maritime Museum Friends.
To benefit from the above concessions, please bring supporting documentation with you such as your student card or membership card.

Annual Pass:
Joint Membership and up to 6 children £30
Single Membership and up to 3 children £21
Student/Concession £16

Group Visits:
Attractive discount rates are available for large group bookings.
Call 01294 278283 for more information.

The main areas of the museum are on one level.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
A wheelchair is available, please pre-book by emailing for further information
Tables and chairs in the café are free standing.

Free Parking

Home to Scotland’s national maritime collection, the award winning Scottish Maritime Museum is a great day out, with lots to do: 

Explore Scotland’s ‘Cathedral of Engineering’ – the vast, former Linthouse shipyard building

Discover historic vessels such as MV Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock, and SY Carola, a steam yacht built in 1898.

Learn about Scotland’s importance to maritime history, and about the people that built and sailed Scottish ships around the world.

For Children there is a Rat Trail and interactive games.

Guided Tours will begin again shortly, please check back for updates

For now we have a screening of the tours, available to view in the reception area

Leaving the Linthouse three times a day and lasting about 75 minutes you will visit the 1920’s Tenement Flat to step back in time in a typical shipyard worker’s home.  Weather permitting you can experience life at sea on-board MV Kyles, the oldest Clyde-built vessel still afloat in the UK, on the pontoons

Summer Tour Times

After the third Sunday in April

11:00hrs, 12:30hrs, 14:30hrs

Winter Tour Times

From Monday 4th November

10:30hrs, 12:00hrs, 14:00hrs

A Museum visit isn’t compete without dropping into Puffers Café with its stunning views over the River Irvine Estuary.  All information can be found in Cafes  Then take a look around our heritage and maritime themed gifts and gallery in the Boatshop.

Getting Here:

Rail: Scotrail Website – five minutes’ walk from Irvine Railway Station

Road: Route Planner – From the A77 take the A71 and follow the brown signs to the Harbourside and the Maritime Museum. FREE PARKING

Bus: Kilwinning, Irvine and Kilmarnock, No.585 Ayr, Irvine, Greenock, X34 Irvine, Beith and Glasgow and the 14A Service from Troon all have convenient bus stops nearby.

Sea: – We have our own pontoon in Irvine harbour where visitors can moor. Pre-booking is essential by emailing

Bicycle: We have cycle racks as well as a full bike maintenance kit within our boatshop. On route 7 of the National Cycle Network.

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