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Scottish Maritime Museum

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Address: The Linthouse Building 6 Gottries Road, Irvine KA12 8QE, Scotland
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+44 1294 278283
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland,with sites in...

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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Lots to see, inside and outside

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
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Cheshire, United Kingdom

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

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 pricey but it all helps to run the large business.

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were given a great tour of the Kyles, an 1872 steam puffer. The look through the workers' tenement was interesting. The coffee shop served the best steak pot pie. The town was lovely. The staff were informative and friendly.The biggest problem we had was finding the place. There is a serious lack of signage. It took us ages to... More 

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

First visit to the museum and was very impressed by the size and the amount that was on display. Visited during mid term break and there was a Pirate themed activity day on which kept the kids amused for ages. Lots of hands on/ interactive information to hold the kids attention. Great way to find out about some local history.... More 

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Loved the history and the efforts made to bring it to life. Particularly enjoyed the links with Irvine harbour and the historic district of Fullarton.

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Really interesting museum with things to do for kids as well; my six year old grand-daughter had a great time. I also attended a music concert within the museum a couple of years ago and it proved to be a great venue.

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Thank Shakemactom
Inverness, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The museum is massive as are the exhibits. Very interesting look at the history of the sea, boats and Scotland. Loads of things for wee ones to do and luckily for me there weren't many in so I got them to myself!

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Thank Aileen W
glasgow
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Spacious museum filled with maritime artefacts and old machinery. Plenty for young children to do including small soft play area, free parking

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Kilwinning, Scotland, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Took my grandson there thinking that it would be interesting..there was nothing of interest to see unless you are a boat geek and it is quite expensive to get into .nothing there for kids

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Set in a wonderful old machine shop, the exhibits were well presented and clearly explained. They included several large presses and formers from a typical Shipbuilding Yard, ship half-models for lofting frames and shell plates, marine engines of all types and sizes, and a number of complete smaller vessels ranging from a real Puffer through a number of yachts and... More 

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Thank Charlie P
Leeds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Having visited the Riverside Museum in Glasgow we were probably expecting something better. This one is not only smaller but has an admission charge, unlike the Riverside. I think this might appeal more to people interested in boat building in the past as many of the exhibits are old machines, none of which were working. Some of the exhibits had... More 

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