Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank


Castle Street, Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, G82 1QS

    The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank is part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, telling the story of one of Scotland's most important and innovative shipyards.

    Step back into the world of the Victorian ship-designer by visiting the world's oldest working Ship Model Experiment tank, restored to working condition. Experience the Victorian technology which created the Scottish shipbuilding legend.

    Built in 1882, the Denny Tank retains many original features including a water tank which measures the length of a football pitch. The tank has been fully restored to working order and is still used for testing ship designs by the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

    Try your hand scraping a wax ship model, or test dull designs in the small demonstration tank.

    The Museum's Corner Café is open for light meals, snacks and drinks and the museum shop has a wide selection of souvenirs.



    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Children Welcome


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Town Centre


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Car Space
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    From Glasgow/Erskine bridge, follow signs for Dumbarton town centre then pick up Maritime Museum signs. Enter from Castle Street, drive to end of road.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Dumbarton Central is the main train station, Ten Minutes walk away. Also there is Dumbarton East train station, Fifteen Minutes walk away.

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