Learning through play is a key feature of our museums. We invite you to explore our play and learn areas online to inspire you to visit in person. 

To keep you entertained in between your visits we are launching the Go Industrial app - so watch this space! More news to follow. 

National Mining Museum Scotland

Crafting the Mine

Explore the Lady Victoria Colliey in Minecraft and mine for coal at the coalface!

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Steam power and life on board

Answer challenging questions and handle replica artefacts in order to discover what life was like on a steam drifter. 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Museum Worksheets

These will challenge you to hunt for hidden objects and answer fiendish questions as you make your way through the museum. 

Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine

Dingy Challenge

Interactive game where you must carefully steer the dinghy around the course. Watch you don't get seasick, the floor moves!

Discovery Point

Men of Discovery interactive

Touch screen interactive about the expedition journey, its crew and their clothing. Includes fun dressing up and sledging games.

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Try your hand at net-making

Learn how to make a fishing net. Can you make one strong enough to catch a fish? 

Verdant Works

Dress up station

Dress up as a mill worker or owner - who would you rather be? 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Get knotting!

Find out how to tie useful knots such as a Sheet Bend or a Bowline.  

Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine

Cargo Game

Move as many of the blocks from the loading area onto the ship, without the ship sinking below the surface of the water. 

Scottish Maritime Museum
Dumbarton

Smoothing and carving a real wax hull model

On our Dumbarton Scraping Platform, kids love getting involved in this practice of physically scraping the excess wax from the model hull and to shape it, thus making it more streamlined for the water. Exactly as what would have happened many years ago.

Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine

Puffer Challenge

Interactive game, where children can build their own puffer by selecting various options. At the end of the game, the puffer will steam across the screen, and give a score out of 10. Can you build the Puffer so that it sails from one end of the screen to the other?

Discovery Point

Whale Interactive

Learn about filterers and biters and discover what a whale can see.

National Mining Museum Scotland

Victorian Dress Up

Experience Victorian Wash Day and try on Victorian costumes in our A Race Apart exhibition.

Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine

Don’t Drop a Red Hot Rivet!

In our Irvine Linthouse Building, put on the welders mask, the riveter’s bunnet and pick up the riveting gun. Now, imagine holding it for 8 hours every day! Try and place the rivets into the slots using the gloves provided. Not as easy as it looks.

National Mining Museum Scotland

Essential Engineering I Spy

Discovery Point

Treasure Hunt and Quiz sheets

Tick box Treasure Hunt and Q&A Quiz Sheets to allow younger visitors to explore and engage with the exhibitions.

Exhibition Trail Sheet 1
Exhibition Trail Sheet 2 
Treasure Hunt 1
Treasure Hunt 2

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Dressing up!

Use the museum's supply of costumes to dress up as a fisherlad or fisherlass. 

Scottish Maritime Museum
Irvine

Kids Interactive Play Area

In our Irvine Linthouse Building, there's a pirate ship where children can use items from the dressing-up box and become pirates, or for smaller children, there is a ballpool. Also close by is a boating pond who will interest all of us who are young at heart. You can use one of the readymade foam boats or purchase one to make yourself. 

Verdant Works

Harvest to Home game

Touch screen interactive game. Discover the journey of Jute! 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Wheelhouse equipment

Stand in the wheelhouse of an old fishing boat. Can you work out what all the equipment was used for? 

Verdant Works

Smell interactive

Discover the variety of products that were once transported around the world in jute packaging by their smells.

Verdant Works

Bale mark interactive

Interactive that allows visitors to take brass rubbings of bale marks that would have once featured on jute bales. Follow the trail and collect them all!

Discovery Point

Load Up game

Using the crane, move the cargo onto the ship. Be sure to load evenly to avoid tipping the ship, good team work is required for this! 

National Mining Museum Scotland

Find the Colliery Cats

Find all 6 colliery cats around the museum and win a prize!

Discovery Point

Fishing in Antarctica

Fish through the ice hole and discover what lives in the icy depths of Antarctica. 

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Spinning Puzzle & Periscope

There’s lots of hands on activities at Summerlee to keep the kids entertained, including dressing up, creating your own brick masterpiece and have fun building your own railway. You can test your strength on our pulleys interactive, have a go creating your own pig iron in a striking recreated blast furnace, see if you can beat the top scorer on our canal and railways interactive and much more…

Verdant Works

Mill Mouse Trail

Hunt for Mill Mouse while you learn and explore with the help of songs and activities.  

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Dress like a fisherman

Dress in the waterproof clothes of a modern fisherman. Will you be able to stay dry? 

Scottish Maritime Museum
Dumbarton

Test hull designs

Water + children = fun! In our Dumbarton Propellor Workshop, test different hull designs in our mini experiment tank with its own wave making machine. Children can watch their boat progress down the tank with the help of the wave machine.  

National Mining Museum Scotland

Mining Mechanics Interactives

The interactive zone for older kids is a hands-on introduction to the science of coal mining.  There is also an art-cart and building blocks.

Scottish Fisheries Museum

What a Midden!

Explore the museum's midden in order to discover what people ate thousands of years ago. 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Fishermen's Bunk Beds

Discover what it was like to sleep on a nineteenth century fishing boat. 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Art Cart

Make origami boats, read exciting stories and complete other fun activities at the museum's Art Cart. 

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Block and Tackle

Use a fishing boat's pulley system to lift heavy sandbags with ease. 

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