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Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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A must see!

For a relatively small place, Dumbarton has a wealth of heritage and history. The Denny tank and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jen M
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fascinating Unique Industrial Heritage

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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  • Average1%
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“denny tank”(29 reviews)
“ship building”(20 reviews)
“cutty sark”(12 reviews)
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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Excellent introduction to the Denny Tank from our guide & then left to go around at our own speed & see everything. Looks to be good for children. Thank you.

5  Thank latetraveller100
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 October 2016

There is a serious ventilation problem with this cafe and unfortunately it shares the entrance lobby with the museum. Stopped for lunch and the soups were good and filling which gave the score, but the heat and damp with the impregnated smell of fat made...More

2  Thank David T
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All reviews denny tank ship building cutty sark wax models small cafe cafe staff reasonable entrance fee wee cafe fascinating insight enthusiastic staff original equipment cafe serving industrial heritage shipbuilding industry toasties on display worth a trip
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

For a relatively small place, Dumbarton has a wealth of heritage and history. The Denny tank and surrounding original offices and workshop are an absolute must see. The tank itself is an inspiring reminder that Scotland is the land of invention and innovation,ahead of its...More

2  Thank Jen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anticipated many maritime exhibits from the title of this museum.Actually a small museum which is interesting in its own way.Essentially an establishment which constructed prototype models of boat hulls and tested them in a large tank.The items associated with modelbuilding and the tank may still...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 October 2018

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 19 September 2018

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 19 September 2018

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 17 September 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 31 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank L6310UKashley
Reviewed 10 August 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 7 August 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
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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
sorry for delay No its not free entry but worth it