In a spectacular location opposite the harbour in the fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife, we are a National Museum, telling the story of the Scottish fishing industry, its boats, harbours and communities.

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The Museum galleries are in a group of traditional cottages which, together with old workshops and a modern part, are all linked internally for easy access. The gallery tour starts and ends in the central courtyard.

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Our central story is: "The History of the Scottish Fisheries - Innovation and Adaptation". Here is Fraserburgh Harbour at the height of the herring fishing.

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"Steam and Sail". One of our main themes is the development of fishing technology, especially boats. Learn about "Fishing's Industrial Revolution".

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Another theme is the involvement of the whole community. This was vital to the success of the industry. Here, fisherlassies are knitting in a break from gutting the herring.

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The Museum Shop sells a wide range of items of interest to visitors, including books about the fishing industry and reproductions of historic photographs. The popular Tea Room adjoins the shop.

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Museum Accessibility: The Museum Galleries are on several different levels but all areas can be accessed by ramps, with one small exception which can still be viewed through a special window. There is a disabled toilet.

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Latest news

Museum Ganseys sail to Whitby

Museum Ganseys sail to Whitby

3rd September 2014

Ganseys from the Scottish Fisheries Museum's knitwear collection took to the water for an exhibition to be held in Robin Hood's Bay.

Latest events

Afloat by Neville Gabie

Afloat by Neville Gabie

27th September 2014

Film showing and talk with award-winning artist Neville Gabie, inspired by the St Ayles skiff project

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Summer Pass

Summer Pass

Save money on visits to the museum this summer with our Summer Pass. At £15 for unlimited visits, it's just the ticket for families. Click on the image for terms and conditions.

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Tea Room

Tea Room

With adjoining courtyard patio, the Tearoom offers a selection of hot and cold snacks, teas, coffee and homebaking, last orders 1 hour before Museum closes. Click photo for more.

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Reaper Schools Programme 2014

Reaper Schools Programme 2014

Click the photo to see a press release issued on 27 May about the recently completed schools programme. The photo shows Reaper at Arbroath.

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Exhibition 28 June - 26 October: A Shared Experience

Exhibition 28 June - 26 October: A Shared Experience

Exploring the impacts of the First World War on Scotland’s fishing communities.

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Opening Times

Summer (April to September)

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Winter (October to March)

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm

Sunday: 12 midday - 4.30pm

Last entry one hour before closing

Open throughout the year except Christmas and New Year periods.

Admission Charges

Adults: £7

Concessions: £6

Accompanied Children Free!

(up to 16 years, up to 5 per family)

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Group rates

Group Bookings

Parties of 12 or more adults booked in advance are admitted at the reduced rate:

Adult: £6.50 self-guided;
£7.00 guided

Concessions: £5.50 self-guided;
£6.00 guided

(Senior citizens, students, disabled)

Group rates also apply where there are more than 5 children:

Youth groups: £3.00 self-guided;
£3.50 guided

(Up to the age of 16, and up to 18 years in further education)

Primary School age children:
£3.00 per child - self-led tour

Secondary School age children: £3.50 per child - guided tour

Teachers and Group Leaders are free at a ratio of 1:5 for early years and 1:10 for primary and secondary schools

Additional Teachers / Group Leaders/adults £4.50
Registered Carers are free

N.B. Museum guides give their services on a voluntary basis and so adequate notice is required and we cannot guarantee availability.

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