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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 and trails are listed below, but you will find information about our workshops here.


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, Nursery – P4 (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,  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 | We provide printed copies of trail worksheets and pencils.

The Rat Trail, Nursery – P3 (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?

Maritime Maths Trail, P1 – S3(45 minutes)

Maths is everywhere, even in museums! Explore patterns, geometry, symmetry and much more in this exciting trail.
Differentiated trails for CfE Levels 1-4curriculum links dependent on level.

Pirate Treasure Hunt, P1-3/P4-7 (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



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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