Scottish Maritime Museum - Dumbarton

Strathclyde - Dumbarton

United Kingdom

  • History
  • Family Fun

Taking the kids out for the day to Scottish Maritime Museum - Dumbarton in Strathclyde - Free Stuff!


01389 763 444
Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
Castle Street
G82 1QS
United Kingdom


Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00



Adult Price ( £ 3.50 )
Free for Children Children Free (up to a maximum of three per adult)
Senior Price ( £ 2.50 ) *

Parking & Other

Free parking


Visit the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton, watch the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank in action and discover how William Denny & Brothers’ innovative, experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.

Innovation and Experimentation

Visit the Denny Tank, Dumbarton, to discover how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative, experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.

“The company of William Denny & Brothers has built whole fleets of the finest vessels afloat"

The Bailie, September 1877

It is this innovation which sets William Denny & Brothers aside from other Clyde-side shipbuilders. The firm was always ‘one step ahead’ and was even working on the development of the hovercraft just before the shipbuilding industry took a sharp downturn, causing Denny’s yard to close its doors for the final time in 1963.This family firm will always be remembered, and its story is one which is interwoven with the development of Clyde-side shipbuilding and its influence world-wide.

the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the length of a football pitch, and see the ship model carriage running.

the world of the Victorian ship designer, in William Denny’s drawing office, and find out how to design your own ship.

us on a guided tour of the building and learn about Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty-Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers.

ship models, photographs and historic objects in the Propeller shop.

the working environment of the traditional model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882.

different hull designs in our mini experiment tank with its own wave making machine.

your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model.

our well stocked retail area for that perfect memento. We have a wide selection of items ranging from pocket money goods to large maritime models.


  • Car Parking
  • Toilets
  • School Deals


By rail: Take the Edinburgh to Helensburgh Central train, get off at Dumbarton Central, and the Museum is five minutes from the station.

By road: Use Postcode G82 IQS for satellite navigation systems; or follow signs from Glasgow, take A82 Great Western Road, then A814 sign posted Dumbarton road. Follow brown tourist signs at roundabouts, left on Church Street and again left onto Castle street.

The Corner Cafe: 
Open Monday to Saturday, offering a fabulous range of snacks and meals

Health and Safety: 
Visitors to the Museum, and younger students in particular, are requested to adhere to Scottish Maritime Museum’s Health and Safety instructions, while in the Museum. Every effort is made by Museum staff to ensure that the areas used by visiting schools are safe to be in. Teachers are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils at the Museum.

For health and safety reasons, Teachers and accompanying adults should remain with their pupils at all times.

Risk assessment documents are available.Further

Please let us know which curricular areas are being studied by the pupils, before their visit, in order for Education Services to tailor activities to suit .