Scottish Maritime Museum

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The Linthouse Building Laird Forge Gottries Road
North Ayrshire
KA12 8QE

  • Museum Phone Number: 01294 278283

Scotland's influence on the maritime history of the world from the eighteenth century to the modern day has been enormous and out of all proportion to the size of the Country. The two sites operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum contain the exhibitions and collections that tell the story of that great maritime tradition. On both of the sites the buildings themselves are important parts of that story. The sites are complemented by the collection of vessels that represent 150 years of the working vessels of Scotland. The Irvine site also has the Shipyard Workers Flat from the 1920s, this is part of our Daily Tour. If your interests are in the detailed aspects of the building of ships or the way in which ordinary people interacted with the sea, then the Scottish Maritime Museum should be your first port of call. If you want to undertake detailed research or just an enjoyable and stimulating day out, the Scottish Maritime Museum can provide it. The Scottish Maritime Museum's professional team can assist you with your questions about maritime heritage or train you to build or repair vessels in the traditional manner. Our sites apart from offering a great day out are the venue for concerts, exhibitions and events. When ever possible the working parts of our sites are made available for the public to view and our historic machinery or vessels continue to operate. The Scottish Maritime Museum continues to improve its facilities, adding new exhibitions and displays. The Museum is sited at two locations: Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine; Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, Dumbarton. Our vessels can be seen at the Irvine site, one of which is part of our Daily Tour. (Weather dependant)

Further information

Opening Hours:

3 January - 24 December Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Groups by appt Puffers Coffee Shop is open all year round. The Linthouse building is closed between Christmas & New Year.


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Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Children's play area
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Touch exhibits

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