Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scottish Fisheries Museum and historic boats
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The Scottish Fisheries Museum, housed in a range of historic buildings on Anstruther's harbour front, tells the story of Scotland's fishing industry, and the people who took part in it, from the earliest times to the present. We have a large area of displays, developed since 1969, and also host temporary exhibtions and events.

Our library and archive, containing much of interest to family historians and researchers into the industry, are open by appointment. We also run a busy tearoom and shop with outside seating in our courtyard in summer.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10:00- 16:30, Sunday 12.00-16:30

Admission charges

Adult: £8.00

Concession: £6.00 (Seniors, Disabled & Student)

Child: Free (max 5 children up to 16yrs, accompanied by an adult)

Members: Free

Giftaid options available

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

By car: Anstruther is in the East Neuk of Fife, approximately 10 miles south of St Andrews (on the B9131) and 13 miles east of Leven (take the A915 towards Largo, and follow the main road (marked A917 and B942) through Colinsburgh to Anstruther).

By train: Our nearest railway station is Leuchars on the East Coast Main Line (with frequent bus links to St Andrews).

By bus: Our nearest bus stations are Leven and St Andrews. Anstruther is served by the buses X58, X60 and 95 (check with Stagecoach for timetables). Direct buses run between Edinburgh and Anstruther hourly throughout the day. There are regular buses from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth to St Andrews.

On foot: The Museum is situated on the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther.

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only

Our collections date mainly from the 19th century onwards and contain items relating to the fishing industry (gear, equipment, boats - full-sized and models), the associated industries (boat-building, engineering, coopering, fish curing and trade) and domestic and working life (household items, costume, decorative and functional ceramics etc.)

We have a small collection of whaling items, and extensive archives (company and personal papers), photographs and art collections.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Maritime, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • fifie
  • zulu
  • Frank Buckland
  • John McGhie
  • Kelvin
  • Bergius
  • Miller
  • herring
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Iron Duke painting

The Forth at War

  • 20 May — 28 August 2016

We will explore the contribution of the Firth of Forth to the war at sea through paintings and models of the fleet, and memorabilia from the Battle of Jutland where men from the Forth area served and died. The exhibition will also feature a display curated by National Historic Ships UK on the role of small ships in the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £8.00

Concession: £6.00 (Seniors, Disabled & Student)

Child: Free (max 5 children up to 16yrs, accompanied by an adult)

Members: Free

Gift Aid option available

Website

http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of knitted socks being made

Sunday Knitting Circle

  • 14 February 2016 2-4pm
  • 21 February 2016 2-4pm
  • 28 February 2016 2-4pm
  • 6 March 2016 2-4pm
  • 13 March 2016 2-4pm
  • 20 March 2016 2-4pm
  • 27 March 2016 2-4pm

This friendly, informal drop-in event runs through the winter in our Merchant's Room. Bring your knitting, swap stories and patterns and learn new techniques. Whether you are an "old hand" or a complete beginner, join us for a blether over a cup of tea.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/events

Getting there

By car: Anstruther is in the East Neuk of Fife, approximately 10 miles south of St Andrews (on the B9131) and 13 miles east of Leven (take the A915 towards Largo, and follow the main road (marked A917 and B942) through Colinsburgh to Anstruther).

By train: Our nearest railway station is Leuchars on the East Coast Main Line (with frequent bus links to St Andrews).

By bus: Our nearest bus stations are Leven and St Andrews. Anstruther is served by the buses X58, X60 and 95 (check with Stagecoach for timetables). Direct buses run between Edinburgh and Anstruther hourly throughout the day. There are regular buses from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth to St Andrews.

On foot: The Museum is situated on the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther.

Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles, Harbourhead
Anstruther
Fife
KY10 3AB
Scotland

Website

www.scotfishmuseum.org

E-mail

general enquiries

enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org

Telephone

01333 310628

Fax

01333 310628

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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