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5. The Scottish Fisheries Museum

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Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, East Neuk

Spectacularly situated on the harbour front in Anstruther, in the heart of the Fife fishing community, the Scottish Fisheries Museum tells the story of fishing in Scotland and its people from earliest times to the present.
The Museum occupies two “A” listed buildings – a Merchant house (1724) and a 16th century Abbot's lodging, both with fishing associations. In addition to the original courtyard and buildings there is now a covered boatyard and the latest gallery housing a 78 ft “ZULU” fishing vessel dating from the very early 1900s.

The Collection includes more than 66,000 items, 74% classified as of national, UK or international importance and 18 boats, including two UK national core collection vessels. 

A refurbished shop and tea-room includes a courtyard patio for those who like to take their coffee al-fresco. Enjoy a bowl of home-made soup and delicious fresh baked cakes in pleasant surroundings, then visit the shop for that unusual gift or keepsake with a fishy theme!

A guided tour takes approximately 90 minutes and themed tours can be arranged to link in with specific projects or interests.
There is a small and private chapel, which commemorates all those Scots who lost their lives at sea while fishing.
The Museum also has a significant photographic archive and reference library, open by appointment and the Education Centre is available for hire.
The Museum’s flagship, the REAPER, 102 years young visited British 14 ports in 2003 and attracted more than 24,000 visitors from 45 countries.
An extensive programme of temporary exhibitions takes place throughout the year.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Address:
Scottish Fisheries Museum
St Ayles
KY10 3AB
Scotland, UK
The Scottish Fisheries Museum Opening Times:
April to September, Monday to Saturday. 10.00 am to 5.30 pm; Sunday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
October to March, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm; Sunday, 12.00 to 4.30 pm.
Last entry 1 hour before closing.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum Admission:
Adults £6.00
Concessions £5.00
Children under 16 Free

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