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Scottish Maritime Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We were looking for somewhere to visit and stumbled upon the Maritime Museum. I am glad we did. The place was very good value for money and absolutely fascinating. There was so much to see and do there, the time passed extremely quickly. Well worth a visit if you are in the area

1  Thank Petercrawf
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We arranged an evening visit to the Linthouse in Irvine for the guys from the Ayr Classic Motorcycle Club. Absolutely amazing! We'd visited a few times before and had always enjoyed it. Now the main site has re-opened after the new roof was completed and the re-organising of the displays and re-furb of the interior has totally transformed the place. Well done - we shall be back soon.
Still a great view and food at Puffers Cafe too.

3  Thank Alan K
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DAM4562, Manager at Scottish Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2014

Thanks for the review and glad the Club enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The Irvine museum was always interesting, but a bit depressing. Some exhibits seemed unloved (good stuff they hadn't had time to present) and the leaking roof was a bit worrying.

The year's closure to repair the roof and spruce things up has been well spent. The displays are much better, there's little rusty metal around, displays are informative and the roof doesn't seem to leak at all. Only two disappointments - the old build-and-test-a-boat activity for children has gone and the radio-controlled boat tank with rocks and harbour has been replaced with a rather sterile GRP rhombus.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Seven quid very well spent.

(Puffers Café, two minutes away on the quayside, has more exhibits and good food.)

1  Thank Ubergeekian
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

this was a great little place to visit. It wasnt to expensive and their was a mixture of historical texts and artifacts that would keep all ages interested. Its always hard to find something for younger boys to be interested in which reflects history and this place does this.

Another little gem is the aeroplane museum which is on the way to berwick.

3  Thank eileen_kirkpatrick
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Well worth a visit for anyone remotely interested in shipbuilding and particularly Dumbarton and the Clyde. Exhibits and photographs on show range from early water propulsion propeller designs to hovercraft and prototype flying machine. An informative tour tells stories of bygone times when Dumbarton was a hub of shipbuilding and engineering innovations. After the tour I can recommend spending some time in the cafe where home cooked food will satisfy your hunger nicely.

2  Thank Ian C
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