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Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland
+44 1389 763444
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Definitely worth a trip

It has been renovated and looks good now, they have a wee shop and a wave machine to show you what... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shelley M
Hidden piece of industrial history

Went with two small children, and whilst it, maybe, went over their a head a bit we had a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike W
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Ilchester, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“denny tank” (29 reviews)
“ship building” (20 reviews)
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Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland
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"wax models"
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"small cafe"
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"reasonable entrance fee"
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"little gem"
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"interesting items"
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"wee cafe"
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"water tank"
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"fascinating insight"
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"display boards"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been renovated and looks good now, they have a wee shop and a wave machine to show you what can happen to boats at sea. You can get a nice wee tour round and you can even sit outside now.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with two small children, and whilst it, maybe, went over their a head a bit we had a great time. The staff are very friendly and took time to show us some of the exhibit personally. Well worth a trip if you're at all...More

Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent welcome gave me an introduction to a very interesting industrial test site. If you're into mechanicals and machinery the processes here should fascinate you. And the cafe's great too

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Reviewed 6 July 2018

Every body should visit the fascinating museum and the incredible history of ship building and testing at this museum. Great fun for kids ans the cafe offers a great breakfast menu and other delicious meal options and snacks.

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Carol M, Website Content and Social Media Coordinator at Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review!

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

A great experience for anybody who is interested in Maritime matters, Wm Denny were one of the great Scottish Shipbuilders & all that’s left is memories & the test tank, the young lady at reception was a font of knowledge & I really enjoyed my...More

Thank Ian F
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Carol M, Website Content and Social Media Coordinator at Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Ian for your positive review!

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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...More

1  Thank jon0269
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Carol M, Website Content and Social Media Coordinator at Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your informative review for future visitors.

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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...More

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...More

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...More

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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Response from Veronica T | Reviewed this property |
sorry for delay No its not free entry but worth it
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