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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

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Address: St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1333 310628
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

(April - September) Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 5.30, Sun: 11 - 5;

(November -...

(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.

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A Tardis of a museum

A somewhat unimposing museum from the outside, it is full of surprises. You enter through a shop with a small restaurant The Tammynorie Tearoom and an art gallery to the side... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bruniquel, France
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Bruniquel, France
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32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A somewhat unimposing museum from the outside, it is full of surprises. You enter through a shop with a small restaurant The Tammynorie Tearoom and an art gallery to the side, which means that you can shop and/or eat without any obligation of going into the museum - very canny. Most of the exhibits are in a maze of a... More 

Thank crazyfatfish
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots been added since my last visit many years ago. The different aspects of fishing through the years are shown through artifacts, photos paintings and descriptions. Good value. Bits for the kids, good balance of hands on displays and more delicate items in cases. I particularly like the layout and the way it has been designed to allow wheelchair or... More 

Thank Nyree C
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum had been recommended to us. Two adults and two boys 11 & 15 - kept us interested an involved with a well payed out multi section experience- choice of quiz sheets for the kids to do and various items for the children to try in or have a go at. How did they get that 15 meter boat... More 

Thank shaun g
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped on cafe in museum for lunch as prices very reasonable lovely staff four of us had homemade soup three lentil one minestrone served with bread very tasty tea and cake to finish

Thank Jinty478
Irvine, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

For a city boy like me, this museum was certainly an eye-opener to a very different way of life! The museum is well thought out and gives an insight to the ingenuity of the Scottish fishing industry and the hardships and triumphs experienced through the years. The friendly staff seem very proud and enthusiastic about the museum and rightly so.... More 

Thank Bobaloobah
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This extensive museum tells you the whole amazing story of the fishery in Scotland with displays, artefacts and very good explanations. Lots of actual boats and the pleasure of watching craftsman actually boat making.

Thank Penny C
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The museum gives a very full history of all aspects of the fishing industry and is told through pictures, written information but more importantly with specimens of the actual items used over the years including real fishing boats of various sizes in various states of repair. There are 10 main exhibition "rooms" and it took us some time to digest... More 

Thank HBOS9
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

SUCH an interesting museum, put together with a great deal of thought and care. Visitors get so much insight into the lives of all those involved in the scottish fishing trade - quite an eye opener and very humbling to think how hard these people worked and how dangerous their lives were. I'm not sure why there are other comments... More 

Thank Sarah H
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159 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Expect it to take two hours . Very large , educational and thoroughly interesting museum highlighting all aspects of fishing, the life, boats, history, wars, catch, whaling etc. I think all will be pleasantly surprised at how much there is to learn about a commodity we enjoy eating but who's harvesting we take for granted.

Thank Nigel B
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We never imagined that this small fishing town can have an excellent museum on fisheries. The collection is just amazing, especially the life size boats. You need to spend 1 to 2 hours here. Unfortunately, as we were on tour, we needed to hurry. Worth the visit. Thanks to our tour guide for bringing us here.

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