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Scotland's influence on the maritime history of the world from the eighteenth century to the modern day has been enormous.

Based in the West of Scotland, with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton, the Scottish Maritime Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic vessels, artefacts, fascinating personal items and the largest collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery in the country. The buildings and sites which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are themselves part of the heritage collection.
The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the vast, glass-roofed Victorian Linthouse. This A listed ‘cathedral of engineering’ was formerly the Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons shipyard in Govan before being salvaged and relocated to Irvine in 1991.
The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is located on the site of the former, influential and innovative William Denny Shipyard and features the world’s first commercial ship testing facility, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank.


Donations are a really important way of supporting our Museums, helping to fund a wide variety of exhibitions, learning activities and community programmes. These includes supporting the apprentices and volunteers in the Boat Building School, acquire new items for our collections, fund conservation and research work
Thank you so much for choosing to help the Museum. It’s only through the generosity of donors like you that we can continue our work.

Charity No: SC007133

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