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Learning Resources

On this page you will find links to fun activites to help families enjoy our collection from home. There are also learning resources for Schools and families who Homeschool to help support your visit or outreach session.

*FOR SUMMER 2020 – SMM@Home / Maritime Investigator certificate

Complete two or more of our Learning Resource activities before 17th August 2020 and you can earn our Maritime Investigator certificate. Please email and let us know The name of the person/s receiving the certificate Which activities you completed and include any photographs you would like to share (please also let us know if you give permission for the images to be used on our social media channels). You will then receive your certificate by email via PDF attachment. Print and display proudly on the fridge, or take a selfie for social media and tag us  @scotmaritime ! *please note names and email addresses will not be used for any other purpose and deleted once certificates are sent


We know about the waves at sea, but did you know that another type of wave enables us to hear. (Apologies to adults at home for the noise!)      

Discovering Maritime Art

This family activity gets you thinking about artworks in our collection. We have given you two examples but the ‘See, Think, Wonder’ prompts on the worksheets can be used for any of the artworks in the Scottish Maritime Museums art…

Paper Boats

Here at the Museum we have our own collection of Scottish sea inspired art. This includes painting, drawings and sculptures. One of the artists is George Wylie. He was an artist who made us notice things around us especially things…

Beach Scavenger Hunt

One of the sculptures in our art collection is Pelorus Pisces by Will Maclean. The name Pelorus refers to a navigating device which is used at sea and Pisces is the star sign which is used in navigation and the…

Paper helicopter

The Denny ship model experiment tank is well known for its role in the advancement of ship design. But did you know that experiments in the tank also led to the development of the helicopter? Edward Mumford and J. Pollock…


Communication is vital when at sea and there are different ways of achieving this, one method is to use flags. Vessels use the International Code of Signals to message other ships or to people on shore. Each flag represents a…

Lava Lamp investigation

Craft and Science combine in our Lava Lamp investigation. Can water, oil and food colouring help us find out about density and floating and sinking?   Lava Lamp investigation (PDF)

Dazzling Ships !

During World War I ships were painted in ‘Dazzle’ patterns to try and confuse German submarine officers using periscopes. This meant they couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing! The patterns distorted the shape of the boat and made it…


Challenge yourself with our Martime Wordsearch or test your searching skills with a Codebreaker Number Quiz, can you find the name of our mystery vessel? Maritime Wordsearch (PDF) Codebreaker Number Quiz (PDF)

Colouring Pages

A relaxing 10 minute activity based on our collection. There are also a couple of friends that you may recognise if you have visited the museum before ! Anchor (PDF) The Linthouse (PDF) Cat’s head from Cutty Sark (PDF) SMM…

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