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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
+44 1333 310628
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Family history visit

This museum is associated with my great grandfather Alexander Cunningham’s past and we visited to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
John C
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Wandering and reading few hours

We love these old style museum, dressed up dummies, poster reading and well made models. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Jacksonsinbrighton
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(April - September) Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 5.30, Sun: 11 - 5; (November - March) Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 4.30, Sun: 12 - 4.30; last admissions 1 hour before closing. Adults £8, Concessions £6, Accompanied Children free. Independent charity-run museum covering the history of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from the earliest times to the present. A range of modern and traditional displays, dioramas and interactives provide something for everyone.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This museum is associated with my great grandfather Alexander Cunningham’s past and we visited to leave an updated family history of his son Gilbert’s family. We were lucky enough to meet Richard a former curator of the museum who was able to fill in some...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We love these old style museum, dressed up dummies, poster reading and well made models. Lots of windy passages seems to go on forever. Very interesting, you will aways learn something here, we did.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

This was a very well spent 2 hours out of the rain and wind. Even our 5 and 4 year old grandchildren didn’t get bored. The place is like the tardis and starts with the history of fishing and ends with a review of the...More

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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful 5-star review! We are glad you found it interesting for all ages on one of Anstruther's wetter days! Hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Visited during the Easter break. I was quite impressed with the exhibits and surprisingly large size of the museum. Kids and adults all enjoyed it and I thought the large boat in the final hall was great. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We visited here on a cold wet and windy day and were so pleased we did. Very interesting and informative. The cafe is really good too!

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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words and 5-star review!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

When we first looked at this place thought it was a very small attraction how wrong was I, the place is quite large and very interesting, loads of different displays and warehouses full of different boats, engines and just about everything to do with the...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Closed earlier than indicated on Google, so we arrived less than an hour before it closed. Staff very snippy and unapologetic. Suggested we come back the next day; less than helpful when we had driven two hours with young children to get there. I don't...More

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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Apologies for your bad experience. I am not quite sure which date you traveled to see us and would be grateful if you could let me know. We did shut early on 28th Feb as a the bad weather set in but otherwise our closing...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This museum is so very interesting so much so we want to return to enjoy more of the enjoyment and wonder.

1  Thank Jennifer W
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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you so much for your positive 5-star review. We certainly hope you will come back to see us. Thank you!

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great way to learn about all aspects of the fishing industry in Scotland. It is very well laid out and easy to navigate around. Whether you know a lot, a little or nothing about fishing there is something for everyone no matter...More

1  Thank Michelle B
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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you so much for your 5-star review. We were so pleased to hear what an enjoyable experience it was and hope you will be back soon!

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Have been to Anstruther many times but this was the first visit. Much bigger than it looks from the outside with a lot of very interesting exhibits. Well worth a visit to get a really good picture of how difficult the fishing industry was.

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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you very much for the 5-star review. We are so glad you experience the full extent of the Museum and hope you will be back again sometime? Thank you!

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Jack D
11 February 2016|
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Response from LivelyHope | Property representative |
Reaper does not use modern water ballast tanks to balance her mast for several reasons. First of all, as she is a traditional boat we try to use traditional methods where possible. Additionally there are practical... More
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Jack D
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The museum was never operated by the National Trust for Scotland. The St Ayles site was acquired from the National Trust for Scotland in 1967 by the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust. The museum then opened in 1969.
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