Our collections are at the heart of what we do. They tell the stories of the people who served as the backbone to Scotland's industry.
Play & Learn
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.
Crafting the Mine
Explore the Lady Victoria Colliey in Minecraft and mine for coal at the coalface!
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.
These will challenge you to hunt for hidden objects and answer fiendish questions as you make your way through the museum.
Interactive game where you must carefully steer the dinghy around the course. Watch you don't get seasick, the floor moves!
Men of Discovery interactive
Touch screen interactive about the expedition journey, its crew and their clothing. Includes fun dressing up and sledging games.
Try your hand at net-making
Learn how to make a fishing net. Can you make one strong enough to catch a fish?
Dress up station
Dress up as a mill worker or owner - who would you rather be?
Find out how to tie useful knots such as a Sheet Bend or a Bowline.
Move as many of the blocks from the loading area onto the ship, without the ship sinking below the surface of the water.
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.
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?
Learn about filterers and biters and discover what a whale can see.
Victorian Dress Up
Experience Victorian Wash Day and try on Victorian costumes in our A Race Apart exhibition.
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.
Essential Engineering I Spy
Use the museum's supply of costumes to dress up as a fisherlad or fisherlass.
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.
Harvest to Home game
Touch screen interactive game. Discover the journey of Jute!
Stand in the wheelhouse of an old fishing boat. Can you work out what all the equipment was used for?
Discover the variety of products that were once transported around the world in jute packaging by their smells.
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!
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!
Find the Colliery Cats
Find all 6 colliery cats around the museum and win a prize!
Fishing in Antarctica
Fish through the ice hole and discover what lives in the icy depths of Antarctica.
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…
Mill Mouse Trail
Hunt for Mill Mouse while you learn and explore with the help of songs and activities.
Dress like a fisherman
Dress in the waterproof clothes of a modern fisherman. Will you be able to stay dry?
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.
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.
What a Midden!
Explore the museum's midden in order to discover what people ate thousands of years ago.
Fishermen's Bunk Beds
Discover what it was like to sleep on a nineteenth century fishing boat.
Make origami boats, read exciting stories and complete other fun activities at the museum's Art Cart.
Block and Tackle
Use a fishing boat's pulley system to lift heavy sandbags with ease.