Scotland's museum of ships, boats, boatbuilding,
engineering and maritime heritage, collecting, preserving and
interpreting Scottish maritime history.
There are three sites on Irvine's harbourside, In the Boatshop are exhibitions, ship models and a research area, as well as the museum shop. Guided tours start here throughout the day. You can also visit Scotland's "Cathedral to Engineering", the Linthouse Engine Shop, built in 1872, where you can explore much of the Museum's collection inside, including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, smaller boats, canoes, lifeboats, and much more. On a tour you can also visit the shipyard workers" tenement flat, restored to its pre-1920s appearance. The museum has a collection of floating vessels - the museum pontoons are currently closed for health and safety reasons.
Puffer's Coffee shop on the wharf is open all year, for coffee, lunches and delicious cakes.
The museum also another site: The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank at Dumbarton, where visitors can step into the world of the Victorian ship designer.