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Saturday 16 October, Saturday 13 November & Saturday 27 November
The exhibition is the result of an international eco-poster design collaboration engaging 17 – 25 year old design students from 35 academies and universities representing all five continents
Sharon Barnett and Neil Davis made the trip up from South Gloucestershire and Yorkshire to pass the handmade model of the Duchess of Fife built by their father Gordon Davis into the Museum’s care
A great opportunity for students to explore the links between science and art, design and climate change activism
We’re ready to welcome everyone back, with measures in place so you can enjoy your experience here as safely as possible
MV Kyles, which is part of National Historic Ships UK’s National Historic Fleet, has now been transformed.
The trail is part of the Museum experience and up to three children can visit for FREE with each paying adult admission.
Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine Harbourside 6pm Thursday 26 August
Open as usual whilst the refurbishments and improvements continue
An exhibition of exquisite glass ships tells a remarkable story of ingenuity
The Skylark IX Recovery Trust has announced ambitious plans to secure a bright future for the much-loved Skylark IX ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’
Into the Maelstrom’ with Jim Breen The Scottish Kayak Expedition to North West Norway 1980 Exhibition Tour 5.45pm – 7.15pm Thursday 10 June
The Scottish Maritime Museum will be throwing open its doors again for free to National Lottery players during the week of Monday 7th June – Sunday 13th June 2021
Into the Maelstrom: The Scottish Kayak Expedition to North West Norway 1980  Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine, Harbourside. Open now until 30 August 2021
Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton reopens with Woven Waves: The Jutland Tapestries by award-winning artist Katie Russell. Open now until 19 September
We are blown away by the support for our campaign to get MV Kyles shipshape for its 150th anniversary in 2022
Added to all the other donations received so far, this makes possible essential repairs to MV Kyles
Renowned Scottish artist, author and broadcaster Lachlan Goudie has gifted a large painting from his acclaimed ‘Shipyard’ exhibition
The Scottish Maritime Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign
The rare find will become part of the Scottish Maritime Museum’s nationally recognised collection
New Autumn Trail for Families opens at the Scottish Maritime Museum
To raise awareness of the Scottish Poppy Appeal the Linthouse will be glowing red from Sunday 1st to Wednesday 11th November
five additional free places for the first primary schools across Scotland to book onto the new ‘Ship to Shore Online Learning Workshops’.
Conversations with artist Katie Russell and nautical archaeologist and historian Dr. Innes J. McCartney go live in October
Water Speed Record Holding Electric Super Yacht Tender Goes on Display
Named as a 2020 Travellers’ Choice Winner for both its Museums.
The funding has also enabled the Museum to create two audio guides for mobile phones, to purchase four large display screens
Included are primary schools in the local authority areas of Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire.
The permanent exhibition, created through the Museum’s 'Spartan: Inside Out' project was made possible by a grant from Museum Galleries Scotland and charts the evolution of the puffer.
Halloween at the Scottish Maritime Museum
While the Museum doors are closed, our incredible collection and the inspiring stories can be viewed for free online
We are continuing to work behind the scenes to care for Scotland's maritime heritage
Through an innovative open access initiative everyone, from artists, filmmakers and teachers through to hobbyists and students, can download, manipulate and use for free!
The ‘make and take’ crafting workshops take place at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside between 11am - 3pm on Friday 7 through to Tuesday 11 February.
Museum open for free to National Lottery players
Reflecting on life around local shipyards in the last century
By Iain Quinn on Paddle Steamer PS Waverley and the Clyde Steamers
Bring to life a new understanding of the Battle of Jutland
Paintings by Norman Wilkinson CBE RI (1878 - 1971), a celebrated maritime painter and poster artist who is also known for creating ‘Dazzle’ camouflage to shield British ships during World War 1.
Travel subsidy of up to £250 for primary schools taking part in STEM activities at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine
One of Britain’s most important historic vessels, which is preserved at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, has been reunited with its original bell thanks to a kind donation.
Scotland’s evolving offshore energy industry captured in new exhibition ‘Age of Oil’ by Sue Jane Taylor
Scottish Maritime Museum is pleased as punch to announce Seaside Festival!
Window on the Clyde: Family Photos of the River’s Golden Age, showcasing the golden era of the River Clyde
Edel McCarthy from Paisley will learn traditional and modern boat building skills at the Scottish Boat Building School
Visual artist Sue Jane Taylor’s vibrant, touring exhibition exploring Scotland’s elemental and evolving offshore energy industry
Hear our engines roar! Eventful season begins at the Scottish Maritime Museum.
Wednesday 20th February - Tuesday 19th March 2019
February Family Fun Announced Friday 8th – Tuesday 11th February
Travel subsidy of *up to £250 for private hire transport available for schools taking part in STEM activities at the Museum
Scottish Maritime Museum Calls for Local Residents to Get Involved with Exciting Oral History Project
HMS Carrick Ship's Wheel Unveiling
Helen Bellany, the artist’s partner and muse, unveiled ‘The Boat Builders’ at the painting’s new home at the Scottish Maritime Museum
A new seating spot gifted in memory of two of the Museum’s longest serving volunteers, Bob and Jenny Stables.
Garnock Connections secures Heritage Lottery Fund award
Over 18,000 people flocked to see Irvine Harbourside shimmer and shine.
Another award for our illumination : Harbour Festival of Light as we scoop Cultural Event of the Year at the Scottish Event Awards 2017.
Scottish Maritime Museum helps raise funds for restoration of extraordinary Dunkirk rescue boat 'Skylark IX'.
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