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Fascinating museum offering an insight into Scotland's influence on maritime history from the eighteenth century to present day.
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 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.
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 have an enjoyable and stimulating day out, the Scottish Maritime Museum can provide it.
The Scottish Maritime Museum’s Irvine site is their administrative centre and largest site. The Linthouse Engine Shop, originally built in 1882, holds a substantial part of the museum’s collections in open store. The shipyard worker’s tenement flat and historic vessels moored at pontoons in the harbour can be visited during guided tours.
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