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, a monthly pre-school club 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

Buckland Marine Fisheries Colloquium comes to Edinburgh

Buckland Marine Fisheries Colloquium comes to Edinburgh

6th October 2015

Edinburgh University will host the 2nd Buckland Marine Fisheries Colloquium on the 20th of October on the theme “Securing the Supply of Food from Marine Fisheries”.

Latest events

Hope in the Great War : Lifeboat Laboratory

Hope in the Great War : Lifeboat Laboratory

10th October 2015

Exhibition event programme for children and adults to support our current display on the work of the RNLI during World War I

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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 the image above to see the footage.

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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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What's happening in the Boatyard?

What's happening in the Boatyard?

The boat that you see undergoing a major refit by the members of the Museum’s Boats Club is White Wing. Click photo for more information.

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Exhibition : 11 Sept - 29 Nov 2015 : Hope in the Great War

Exhibition : 11 Sept - 29 Nov 2015 : Hope in the Great War

A family friendly RNLI exhibition celebrating timeless courage during the First World War

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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: £8

Concessions: £6

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: £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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