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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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  • Fascinating place where you can immerse yourself in the shipbuilding industry, now sadly in the past. Lots of information and exhibits housed in a fabulous building rescued from demolition in Glasgow ...  more »
  • Second time of visiting and still not seen everything! Fabulous facilities for young children. 5 and 3 year old grand children loved the dressing up; water boats and toy rat search...which I confess t...  more »
  • Great maritime museum near the river (museum shop on river banks). Lots of interesting things to see, ships and associated items such as anchors, machines and things associated with the area. A bit pr...  more »
  • I thought it would be disappointing at first looks , but I was wrong I found it informative good for all ages well worth a visit ,
  • Amazing visitor attraction for those interested in anything to do with boats and ships.
  • Great place to take the kids on any day.staff more than able to help a moments notice. Lots to see and touch all from a bygone time
  • Great museum for the money, we'll laid out and informative, with external exhibits that you are guided around by very pleasant staff members.
  • I loved the maritime museum for my trip for p3/4 =) my name is millie goulding I am 8 years old