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 seeks Education Officer

Museum seeks Education Officer

18th April 2014

The Scottish Fisheries Museum is looking for a suitable candidate to develop our learning and access programme.

Latest events

Museum Minis - Green Fingers!

Museum Minis - Green Fingers!

25th April 2014

Our monthly pre-schoolers' group returns with a green-fingered theme for April!

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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.

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Reaper visitors in 2013

Reaper visitors in 2013

Last year, our flagship Reaper welcomed aboard 16000 visitors in 14 ports, and was host to over 1000 children from 17 schools.

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Exhibition 29 March - 15 June: Distant Shores

Exhibition 29 March - 15 June: Distant Shores

Exploring the links between Scotland’s fishing communities and the rest of the world.

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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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