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.

You can also visit the Scottish Maritime Museum: Dumbarton.

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: Irvine

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

01294 277177


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm

You can now buy tickets in advance from our website

2 metres social distancing is enforced.

Please wear a mask on the premises

Our cafe is now open.

Unfortunately we cannot currently offer tours of MV Kyles or our Tenement Flat.

Visitors will find hand sanitising stations the museum and we’ve increased our cleaning regime across all buildings

As ever, visitor teams will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Please do not visit the Museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

With a National Art Pass you get

Free entry
Standard entry price

Price displayed is based on a standard venue entry price. Prices may vary according to ticket type and entry day/time.

Price correct at time of publication.

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