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“Dumbarton Maritime Museum”

Scottish Maritime Museum
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Dumbarton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 innovative shipyards.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I visited today with my mum. We initially wanted a cafe and somewhere to sit down and rest our legs after a busy morning. We followed signs for the Maritime Museum and were delighted that we did. Gerry was really knowledgeable and gave us an introductory talk to the layout of the Denny Tank and works, then we looked at the display of photos, accounts and tools used to construct ships, boats, passenger ferries and even helicopter prototypes and hover-crafts. A fascinating insight into the engineering of the countries sea-going vessels tested and constructed in Dumbarton!. Well worth a visit even if you think you aren't interested in boats. Thanks to Anne and the cafe staff for making us so welcome. : )

4  Thank JanetKMartin
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

We went to this museum because we live close to the Cutty Sark, which was finished at Denny's shipyard in Dumbarton. The museum is a small treasure, rich in local shipbuilding history and stories about the people who worked here. The staff were great, bringing the exhibits to life and making us feel very welcome. An unexpected bonus was a performance of 'kinetic sculptures' by the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre as part of the Festival of Museums: weird, but definitely wonderful. All in all, if you want something off the beaten track and richly rewarding, visit this gem of a museum.

3  Thank Roger H
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

a visit takes you back in time and explains how dennys shipyard led the world. there is also a café for light snacks on site a visit here and the castle (which is reasonably close by) could fill in day

4  Thank DumbartonMaurice
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Lovely wee place to kill a pair of hours. Especially if somewhere inside you are an engineer. Enjoy this easy access site.

3  Thank PadiP
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

This great little museum is tucked out of the way and not particularly well publicised but it is well worth a visit and very interesting. It gives a very good flavour for how involved the whole Clyde was in ship building and the innovations that grew from fertile minds. For anyone with an interest in things nautical this is a must visit.

3  Thank TravelScot94
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