On Friday 14th June I attended the official re-launch of the Scottish Maritime Museum in Ayrshire. The Museum was re-opened by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and attended by museum professionals, staff and volunteers of the Museum.

The Museum had been closed for over a year, whilst the roof of the listed main building, the Linthouse, was repaired at a cost of £1.25million. The closure allowed time for the re-interpretation of the collection, featuring new panels, totems and light boxes which provide information about the collection. Another new addition is the ‘Wall of Wonders’ in the reception area, which houses smaller objects.

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More than just boats, the Scottish Maritime Museum’s collection also encompasses marine tools and engines, impressive figureheads, shipping memorabilia and maritime ephemera. As well as the collection in the main building, the Museum owns the MV Kyles and Spartan, which you can board on the harbour front. There is also a shipworker’s tenement flat, restored to its pre-1920s appearance, situated just around the corner on Montgomery Street.

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My favourite piece is the SS Rifle, which is beautiful in its decay.

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The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm and kids go free with paying adults (£7).
http://www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org

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