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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
+44 1333 310628
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Fascinating

We spent several hours in this wonderful museum. There is so much more to it than on first... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Janet C
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Bigger than you think.

This is well worth a visit. It tells the story of the fishing industry with lots of information... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tom E
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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.
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St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent several hours in this wonderful museum. There is so much more to it than on first impression. Very well collated and an exceptional history of the fishing industry. A nice little cafe too.

Thank Janet C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit. It tells the story of the fishing industry with lots of information, models, real person accounts, photographs etc. It is much bigger than it looks from outside and has a cafe and shop inside. You can apply for a...More

Thank Tom E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much bigger than it appears from the front of the building. Ten rooms full of interesting facts and dummies dressed in fishermen and women's clothing. See how hard the fisher folk worked. Sit at the wheel of a ship - a great photo opportunity to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our way from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and had stopped in Anstruther to go to the Fish Bar. Since the Fish Bar was not open yet and one of the guys in our party is a huge fisherman we decided to stop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Following a rather cool walk along the seafront we went in to a wonderland. Charting the history of fishing from early man in a dugout canoe to the modern trawlers with items that were essential to their work and survival. Giving information on sea and...More

Thank Ken H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful collection of artifacts following the history of fishing in Fife and the wider area from prehistory through to the modern day. Displayed items range from paintings through to a complete hull of a fishing boat. There's a lot of detailed information about the lives...More

Thank Ian G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum and we learned so many interesting things. There is SUCH a lot to see and read you really need to allow plenty of time

Thank KathyKinder
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum tell the story of fishing in Scotland through the ages, with rare items in showcases with information alongside, there is also a café and an outdoor seating area.

Thank menubuster
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

À nice museum to stroll through, with interesting displays. It is not like more modern museums with lots of buttons on exhibits that don't work, rather it gives a good unpretentious impression of the lives of fishing families. There is also a good and reasonably...More

Thank Colin B
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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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Jack D
11 February 2016|
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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
10 February 2016|
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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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