The museum is home to a nationally recognised collection of Scottish ships, canoes, lifeboats and other vessels, as well as engineering designs, machinery and tools.

Housed in a huge former Victorian shipyard building, the museum explores Scotland's important contribution to maritime history. As well as vessels of all scales and sizes, there are exhibits that reveal the stories of the shipyard workers, inventors and sailors who made their construction possible.

Permanent collection

Highlights include interactive displays and a shipyard worker’s tenement flat restored to its 1920s appearance. Visitors can also explore the MV Kyles, which is docked on the harbourside.

Scottish Maritime Museum

The Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE

01294 278283


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Free entry with National Art Pass

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Exhibitions and events at Scottish Maritime Museum

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