December Fun at the Scottish Maritime Museum

Thanks to the National Lottery!

FREE ‘thank you’ entry for National Lottery players

National Lottery players will be able to enjoy a free visit to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine and Dumbarton for not just themselves but another adult and up to six children between Monday 11th December until Friday 15th December.

The early Christmas present comes as the Scottish Maritime Museum joins with other participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard at the Scottish Maritime Museum reception desk between Monday 11th December until Friday 15th December will gain free entry for themselves, another adult and up to six children.


Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, says:

“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”


David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum, adds:

“It is only through the support of funders like the National Lottery that we can continue to develop the Scottish Maritime Museum in new and exciting ways. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme, for example, was pivotal in the establishment of our nationally significant art collection and, thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to create our award-winning illumination : Harbour Festival of Light in Irvine.”


The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is open daily, 10am to 5pm.

The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.


* * * Terms and Conditions * * *

Free Entry into the Scottish Maritime Museum when you show a National Lottery Ticket from Monday 11th December until Friday 15th December.


Terms and Conditions

  •  One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for two adults and up to six children to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine or Dumbarton only.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free entry, including tickets for any National Lottery draw-based game (Lotto, Euromillions, Thunderball and HotPicks) or National Lottery Scratchcard.
  • Museum Admission Tickets will be issued when visitors arrive at the Museum ticket desk with their National Lottery tickets.
  • Proof of ticket can be paper or digital and date of draw/purchase is not relevant.
  • The offer is valid only from Monday 11th December until Friday 15th December inclusive.

The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine is open 10am to 5pm.

The Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton is open from 10am to 4pm.

  •  The Scottish Maritime Museum has the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of the Museum reaching capacity and if unforeseen circumstances prevail.


The National Lottery

National Lottery players raise, on average, over £30 million each week for projects all over the country. In total £37 billion has been raised for Good Causes since The National Lottery began in 1994 and more than 510,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the majority (70 per cent) of which are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community! @TNLUK #NationalLottery


The Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office on tel: 020 7591 6036


Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine and Dumbarton

Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal resource for material relating to Scottish Maritime history, in particular shipbuilding and marine engineering.  

The Scottish Maritime Museum is based on the Harbourside in Irvine, North Ayrshire, and in Dumbarton.

The buildings which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are part of the collection themselves: The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine is housed within the Linthouse, the A listed former Engine Shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons which was built in 1872 and salvaged and relocated from their derelict Linthouse shipyard in Govan during 1991. The Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton is located on the site of the innovative William Denny Shipyard and features the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank.