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 former boatyard, are all linked internally for easy access. The gallery tour starts and ends in the central courtyard.

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The Museum is fun for all the family with interactive displays suitable for all ages and a changing programme of activities and workshops for children and adults.

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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 seeks Learning and Access Officer

Museum seeks Learning and Access Officer

9th May 2017

A vacancy has arisen for this dynamic post at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

Latest events

Open Air Concert

Open Air Concert

2nd June 2017

Choral Concert and Faroese Folk Dancing
On the Folly by the Reaper, Anstruther Harbour, from 6pm

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Museum open again

Museum open again

The museum has re-opened - come and see our new Reception, shop and tearoom!

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What's the weather like in Anstruther today?

What's the weather like in Anstruther today?

See for yourself with our new live weathercam. Click image above to see the footage. Use the arrows to see more notices

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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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Exhibition : 6 May - 30 July 2017: East Neuk Unearthed

Exhibition : 6 May - 30 July 2017: East Neuk Unearthed

treasures of Fife's hidden past

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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: £9

Concessions: £7

Accompanied Children Free!

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

Use Gift Aid and make your donation worth more


Group rates

Group Bookings

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

Adult: £8.00

Concessions: £6.00

(Senior citizens, students, disabled)

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

Youth groups: £4.00 

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

School groups:
£4.00 per child

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 £4.00
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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