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Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton
Ranked #1 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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 12 May 2018

This museum is located in the old Denny works and is well worth a visit if you are in the area and are interested in Scottish maritime history. The place seems to have been frozen in time from the day the place closed down and lots of the original equipment is still on show and very much hands-on. The Denny model ship tank is there as are various fibre glass and wax models they used to design their experimental hulls. The tracer room still houses all the draughtsman's equipment of a bygone era. There are a lot of photos and explanations for the curious. In addition there is a small shop and tea room.

1  Thank jon0269
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

It is so hands on and authentic. Its very laid back.. You just help yourself to play with boat drawing tools and model testing tanks and equipment. Great.

Thank Roderick R
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

An absolute hidden gem , full of interest for everyone from the technical details of how wax model ships were built and designed to the social history of the area . Illustrates a wealth of skills lost . Friendly , helpful staff add to the experience with their knowledge .
And a very reasonably priced cafe . Free car park and cheap entry tariffs .

1  Thank taffglasgow
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

When the river Clyde led the world in ship building this experiment tank was built. The information gathered allowed Denny's to build the most efficient ships of the time. All the machines and instruments have been left as they were when in use and displays and descriptive panels show how the design and testing was carried out. I doubt you ever realised how much goes on below the surface until you have visit the Tank. Cafe offers good food and great value as well. Don't miss this little piece of history.

1  Thank Sandytrains
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Planned day out to Dumbarton Castle and the SMM by last of the summer wine plus one young lad . After alighting from the Glasgow to Uig Citylink bus we ventured down into Dumbarton centre came across the SMM first We were greeted by Anne at reception who was very friendly and informative and led us through initially to the tank and explained in detail the history and process of the various stages in the development of sea going vessels produced at the Denny shipyard . It was wonderful to see the model of the Cutty Sark as well as the various steamships including the paddle steamers I.e. Marchioness of Lorne , Queen Mary II. The entrance fee was very reasonable and if you are considering a visit we would highly recommend it . Thankyou to Anne and her colleague
for their assistance and knowledge

1  Thank Nauldy1978
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David M, Manager at Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Thanks for your comments and I will pass you appreciation on to Anne and her Team.

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