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

Reaper - masts out

Reaper - masts out

16th September 2016

Members of the Museum Boats Club went to assist with taking the masts out of Reaper in preparation for her going onto the slip in Mackay Boatbuilding, Arbroath.

Latest events

Make a Basket Boat Fender

Make a Basket Boat Fender

2nd October 2016

Make a basket fender with basket-maker Liz Balfour

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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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Boats Club toasts the Queen

Boats Club toasts the Queen

Click the photo to see how the Boats Club members marked the Queen's 90th Birthday on 21 April 2016

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Successful visit by Reaper to St Andrews

Successful visit by Reaper to St Andrews

Click the photo to read about Reaper's contribution to the Seafood in Schools Roadshow in St Andrews.

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Programme for 2016 issued

Programme for 2016 issued

Click the photo of Reaper to see the new outreach programme including visits to St Andrews, Portsoy, Stonehaven, Johnshaven, Arbroath, Limekilns & St Monans

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Exhibition : 10 September - 30 October: Woven Communities

Exhibition : 10 September - 30 October: Woven Communities

An in-depth look at the many and various baskets in the museum's collection.

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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)

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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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