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Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Fascinating Unique Industrial Heritage

The Dumbarton location of the Scottish Maritime Museum consists of the original Ship model testing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
An impressive reminder of past industrial greatness

I visited this place following a visit to the Linthouse part of the museum in Irvine a few days... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ramsey, United Kingdom
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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, is a fantastic collection of working exhibits, models and artefacts based in the last remaining building of Alexander Denny and Sons one of the Clydes most famous and...more
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Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland
+44 1389 763444
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Dumbarton location of the Scottish Maritime Museum consists of the original Ship model testing tank and offices used by Dennys Shipbuilders in the first half of the 20th Century. This was the first tank of its type in the world and illustrates the remarkable...More

Thank M B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this place following a visit to the Linthouse part of the museum in Irvine a few days earlier. As a marine engineer who at one time worked in a shipyard and had some past experiences of working in Drawing Offices it was a...More

Thank ManxSailor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not an engineer or interested in ships, visit this fascinating museum to learn something of the history of Dumbarton. You will learn how Denny's shipyard and the tank have been influential worldwide. There's so much here, more than just information about...More

Thank Charles R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating to see the source of design and trial of so many ships, from the room where they worked it all out on paper, to the 19th century machine which cut an exact replica of that design in wax and the tank where it was...More

Thank Pensioner36
Reviewed September 16, 2018

It was great to learn all about the Denny Tank and how they made models of the vessels they wanted to test. Ann, gave a very informative talk before letting us go off in search of things. There is a game for children who have...More

Thank vivienelizabeth
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

One of the best places for breakfast in Dumbarton without a doubt. Very reasonably priced. Pancakes are fantastic!

Thank Ashley G
Reviewed August 10, 2018

It has been renovated and looks good now, they have a wee shop and a wave machine to show you what can happen to boats at sea. You can get a nice wee tour round and you can even sit outside now.

Thank Shelley M
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Went with two small children, and whilst it, maybe, went over their a head a bit we had a great time. The staff are very friendly and took time to show us some of the exhibit personally. Well worth a trip if you're at all...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed July 29, 2018

An excellent welcome gave me an introduction to a very interesting industrial test site. If you're into mechanicals and machinery the processes here should fascinate you. And the cafe's great too

Thank Mikealrug
Reviewed July 6, 2018

Every body should visit the fascinating museum and the incredible history of ship building and testing at this museum. Great fun for kids ans the cafe offers a great breakfast menu and other delicious meal options and snacks.

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Carol M, Website Content and Social Media Coordinator at Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Thank you for your great review!

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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
sorry for delay No its not free entry but worth it