Interactive displays and a nationally significant collection tell the story of Scotland’s fishing industry at this national museum.

Aptly located in the coastal village of Anstruther, where the harbour once processed more fish than any other in Scotland, the Scottish Fisheries Museum is housed in a group of traditional buildings that date back to the 16th and 19th centuries.

Established to capture the skills, customs and heritage of the fishing industry in the face of its decline, the museum showcases personal possessions, equipment, historic photographs and artworks.

Organised around a courtyard where local fisherpeople once cured and sold fish, repaired nets and barked their lines to prevent rot, the museum’s displays explore primitive fishing, the herring market, boat building, the future of fishing and more.

Home to a shop, tea room and a changing programme of activities and workshops, the museum is also in command of a 22-strong fleet of boats, two of which still go to sea


The Scottish Fisheries Museum

St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AB



Opening times

Winter: Wed - Sun: 10am - 4pm

(last entry to museum and café is 3pm)

Spring: Mon + Wed - Sat: 10am - 4.30pm, Sun: 11am - 4.30pm

(last entry to museum and café is 3.30pm)

To avoid overcrowding, we encourage all visitors to book a timed entry ticket online ahead of their visit to guarantee their entry date and time. Any unsold tickets will be made available to book in-person, on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families and small groups of up to six people can visit the museum together.

Our website has the latest information on how we are continuing to comply with industry best practice and the latest Government guidelines to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off entry with National Art Pass
Please show your Art Pass to the front of house upon arrival with your ticket
Valid until December 2022

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