We offer a wide range of Curriculum for Excellence based workshops from Early Level to Senior Phase. Some of the Workshops are listed below and the Learning and Access Officer is available to discuss any requirements, and answer any questions you might have.

Our workshops may vary within each museum.

Lighthouse Keepers Lunch – Nursery to P3

Visit the Museum and learn about Lighthouses and the ships they help keep safe at sea. Make some lunch for Mr Grinling and see if you can get it to him before the seagulls steal it!

Katie Morag – Primary

Enjoy a day of all things Katie Morag. Learn more about Scottish Islands and the vital links provided by Puffers and Ferries. Enjoy a harbourside walk and learn about local wildlife and visit a kitchen just like Grannie Island’s.

Pirates Ahoy! – Nursery and Primary

Ahoy me hearties, visit the Museum and find out what it takes to be a pirate. Learn about famous pirates and make your own in our arts and crafts activity.

Titanic (level 2)

Learn about the ‘Unsinkable Ship’ and its construction. This workshop can incorporate shipbuilding, machine tools, welding and riveting, Lifeboats and the RNLI, shipwrecks and underwater technology.

Our Town, Irvine – Primary

Find out more about the town where you live, the harbourside and how it has changed from the 18th century.

Nature/The Harbourside – Primary

Learn about Irvine Harbourside and the boats and birds within it. This topic can also incorporate safety near the sea.

Scottish Shipbuilding – Primary/Secondary

Discover what life was like for shipyard workers. Learn about famous vessels and boat construction and the impact of the industry on Scotland.

Famous Scots – Primary

Find out about the impact of James Watt, The Denny Brothers and Robert Napier on Scotland and the world.

STEM Based Sessions

The Museum can provide various STEM based sessions.

Primary – Forces and Energy.

Secondary – Friction, streamlining, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, electricity and batteries. Pupils can take part in experiments to show forces in action, solve problems and think creatively. Model boats can then be tested in our pond.


Planning Your Visit
Pad and Pen for Teachers Notes
Please email [email protected] or telephone 01294 278283 for any enquiries and to book in advance.

      The Museum is open for public and educational visits from 10am to 5pm.
      School visits could be a morning or afternoon session or a whole day visit (10am to 2pm).
      The maximum number of pupils is usually 33, but we can accommodate more if planned well in advance.
      Educators are welcome to visit us beforehand for a prep visit.
      The Education Room and outside space can be allocated for packed lunches.
      An Education Pack is available on request.

Please click on the following links to download the Booking Form and Risk Assessment:
Risk Assessment for Irvine – Schools
Group/School and Learning Groups Booking Form


The Linthouse building (main Museum) is fully accessible to wheelchair users as is the Tenement Flat. Our National Historic Ship Kyles is not accessible.


Visits cost £3 per child, which can be paid at the time of the visit, or invoiced. All charges are based on the number of children attending and there is no charge for the appropriate number of accompanying adults per group.

During Your Visit

Depending on the workshop booked, tours can include: The Linthouse Museum tour, the Fitting-shed, harbourside walk, go aboard the MV Kyles, a visit to The Shipyard Workers Flat, the Boatshop or a session in the educational room.

The tour of the MV Kyles is weather dependant.
We would politely ask if you could adhere to arrival times.
Your day will be led by the Museum staff for the duration of your visit.
Teachers are responsible for pupils and their behaviour.

How To Get There

Google Maps – Scottish Maritime Museum – Irvine