Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

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The Scottish Maritime Museum currently has collections located at two sites in the West of Scotland, both with strong maritime connections. The museums, located in Irvine and Dumbarton, each portray different areas of Scotland’s maritime heritage. A third museum, Clydebuilt at Braehead, originally opened in 1999 but was closed indefinitely during October 2010 due to lack of funding.Dumbarton - Denny Ship Model Experiment TankThe Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, in Dumbarton, offers the opportunity to step back into the world of the Victorian naval architect. Inspired by the work of eminent naval architect William Froude and completed in 1883, it was the world's first commercial example of a ship testing tank.Re-opened as a museum in 1982, it retains many of its original features, including the 100-meter-long ship testing tank, as long as a football pitch, which although demonstrated from time to time, lacks instrumentations and can no longer be used for hydrodynamic research and testing. The museum also tells the story of the test tank's original owners, William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton; one of the most innovative shipbuilding companies in the world, until their closure in 1963.IrvineThe Irvine museum is located at Irvine Harbour, situated within the category A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons, which was salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Glasgow during 1991. The Linthouse engineering shop is now home to many industrial exhibits, including a model boat pond and the boatshop on the quayside, which contains an exhibition of ship models and children’s activities. Visitors can step into the past by touring the Shipyard Workers' Tenement Flat where they can see a typical 'room and kitchen' worker's tenement flat, restored to its 1920s appearance.
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  • Visited with my wife and adult daughter. My daughter was a bit doubtful at the start but ended up really enjoying the visit. Stephen led the tour we went on around the flat and the ship and was very k...  more »
  • Have been here several times with grandchildren aged 1 and 4 and they both love it. By the entrance there is a dedicated area for under 5s to play with a pirate chest full of treasure, dressing up clo...  more »
  • a real trip down memory lane with a wealth of information both educational and entertaining, some parts of the site are outdoors and the lifeboat was fascinating. Visiting the tenement flat gave real ...  more »
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  • Brilliant day out for both adults and kids. As well as the main museum building they have a puffer boat in the harbour that can be explored. There is also a ship builders flat kitted out as it would have been in early 20th century. Lots for kids to do. Knowledgeable staff.
  • Interesting museum with lots of info on the ship building industry on the Clyde. Make sure you join one of the guided tours of the cargo ship and the tenement house (included in the ticket). Lots of things for children to play with. Gorgeous views from the cafe.
  • Great interactive tasks for the kids. We took the tour round the boats and the old visited the old workers flat. Tour guide could answer everything a very inquisitive 10 year old could ask.
  • Brilliant place, learned a lot here. Plenty for kids as well.
  • Spent three hours there and walking along the sea front. Very fascinating and the least interesting part for me were the boats strangely enough.

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