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We look forward to welcoming you to the museum. Below is an outline of the different activities and workshops we offer. If you don’t see an activity linked to your class topic please get in touch, as we are happy to tailor your visit and make adaptions. If you cannot come to the museum we can come to you.

To discuss your visit further please email Julia Branch our Learning and Engagement Officer or call 01333 310628.

Workshop Themes

We have a number of themed staff-led workshops which are suitable for primary school classes. These include:

Boatbuilding (P4-P7)

Fishing Past and Present (P1-P7)

Fisherlasses (P1-P7)

Safety at Sea: The RNLI (P1-P7)

Sustainable Fishing (P1-P7)

Click on the workshop topic to find out more

Tour Options

We offer a tour of the museum with our workshops but are happy to deliver these separately. Museum tours can last between 40 – 90 minutes depending on your group’s needs.

  • GUIDED TOURS - have a tour of the museum with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides. Tours can be tailored to suit the topic being studied.
  • SELF-GUIDED TOUR - this option allows teachers the flexibility to create their own experience in the galleries supported by our Educational Resources.

Self-led activities and workshops in our Education Centre:

If teachers would like to deliver a museum visit themselves we can support this by providing resources, activities, trails and the use of our Education Centre.

  • NEW 2023/24 KIPPER’S MATH’S TRAIL (P6-P7) - With your class explore the importance of maths in the fishing industry. Pupils will follow Kipper the Cat as he navigates his first fishing trip and solve problems using the power of maths.
  • HANDS-ON OBJECT FUN - investigate selected museum objects, with an activity sheet for teachers and group leaders – topics cover ‘WWII’, ‘The Fishermen’s Cottage’ and ‘The Fisherlasses’.
  • STEM LEARNING - explore the science behind different aspects of the fishing industry through some scientific experiments
  • ART AND DISCOVERY - use our art cart with items from our learning collection to further explore objects from the museum

Activities with partner organisations:

Combine your visit with an activity with on of our partners.

  • COME ON BOARD OUR FLAGSHIP ‘REAPER’! - Join our knowledgeable crew and have a tour around our historical Herring fishing boat. Available from April - September (dependant on crew availability) *Not suitable for wheelchair access
  • ROCKPOOL GUDDLE! - Visit Fife’s Coastal Footpath and engage with Fife’s coastal environment led by our local and very knowledgeable Coast and Countryside Ranger. Available from Easter to June and subject to weather conditions. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
  • SAFETY AT SEA - combine your ‘Safety at Sea’ workshop with a visit to the local RNLI station! Visit the museum and then learn about the importance of the RNLI volunteers in supporting fishermen and other people who go to sea. This theme is supported by our “Fishing in Scotland” resource. Topics which can be incorporated into the tour are navigational instru­ments, equipment and clothing, communication, folklore and superstition, lighthouses, lifesaving and rescue, and the Museum’s very important and unique ‘Memorial room’.


*All activities and workshops to be requested when making a booking at the museum except for ‘Safety at Sea’ - call Roger Grundy on 01333 310526 to book a visit to the RNLI station as part of your visit to the museum.

*Workshops and museum visit are charged but we deliver outreach workshops for free. So we can come to you if transport and cost are a barrier.

*Our workshops can be adapted for ASL schools and classes - please contact us for further information.

*Our handling boxes and fact sheets can be used to prepare for or to follow up on your visit to the museum. More information on handling boxes can be found on our resources page.

To book your visit, please see our planning a visit page

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