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Scottish Maritime Museum

6 Gottries Road | The Linthouse Building, Irvine KA12 8QE, Scotland
+44 1294 278283
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Tour v disappointing indeed

Museum is good, could be great but design and flow poor. Tour was poor guide knew v little and was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lochranza, United Kingdom
via mobile
Great museum/ friendly staff

Visited the Museum for the first time in Irvine and it won't be the last time. Well laid out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gourock, United Kingdom
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The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland,with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. At these two sites, the Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, and fascinating personal items.Many of these exhibits can be found inside the Linthouse Building in Irvine, a unique Grade A listed, 19th-century historic building known as the Linthouse Engine Shop 'Cathedral of Engineering and at the Denny Tank in Dumbarton, the world's first commercial ship model experiment tank.
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6 Gottries Road | The Linthouse Building, Irvine KA12 8QE, Scotland
+44 1294 278283
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Museum is good, could be great but design and flow poor. Tour was poor guide knew v little and was untrained Need to invest in staff training and or audio guides

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Museum for the first time in Irvine and it won't be the last time. Well laid out exhibits, with some interactive for younger kids to enjoy. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The tour was well worth the trip to see how...More

Thank Airthy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the grandkids here for the day and it didn't dissapoint. There are lots of exhibitions indoors but the real little gems are outside the grounds. Our tour guide Steve was a mine of information and was full of knowledge of the times of...More

Thank Sand M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We accidentally came across the Maritime Museum whilst out for a drive and we were so glad we stopped and went in. It was an interactive and educational experience about the shipyards of long ago and how hard the men worked with minimal machinery and...More

Thank fionahallen
David M, General Manager at Scottish Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for you kind comments. Safe journey back to Australia

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum covers the maritime history of this part of Scotland. It focuses more on shipbuilding than shipping, which is probably appropriate for the location. The only downside is that only of the ships is open to walk around, and only as part of an(free)...More

Thank grahamlove05
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Besides the extensive indoor exhibits of boats and ship technology in a beautifully restored industrial building, the museum includes a free tour, ably conducted by Alan, of a '20s tenement of a shipyard worker, as well as of one of the oldest iron-hulled ships docked...More

Thank berncpa
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

The museum is good. Lots of interactive things. The tour is good. Great all round. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 27 August 2017

We did the tour with Stuart. He was informative and entertaining. A very pleasant visit. Thank you Stuart.

Thank Lyn P
Reviewed 21 August 2017

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 knowledgeable and obviously interested in making...More

Thank Bruce P
Reviewed 19 August 2017

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 clothes, foam swords etc. right next to...More

Thank RaRaBush
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Daniel S
11 April 2017|
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Response from kitty4414 | Reviewed this property |
kids get in free. adults 3.50 I think
7 August 2016|
Response from David M | Property representative |
If your dog is used for assistance in any way then she will be allowed into the museum
wendy m
12 July 2016|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about pets, you would have to contact the site directly