The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther

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The Scottish Fisheries Museum is an award-winning museum in Anstruther, Fife, that records the history of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from earliest times to the present day.Opened in 1969, the museum is situated on the harbour front in Anstruther, in the heart of the East Neuk crab and lobster fishing villages of St Monans, Pittenweem, Cellardyke and Crail. It has grown over time into a sizable complex, occupying a number of converted buildings set around three sides of a cobbled courtyard. These include two Category 'A' listed buildings: the 16th century Abbot's lodging and an 18th-century merchant's house, both of which have historical associations with the fishing life of the village.The museum collection contains many model boats, fishing gear, a significant historical photographic archive and paintings. In addition to the traditional exhibits, the museum also boasts a collection of 18 boats, the pride of which is the 104-year-old twin masted Fifie herring drifter, Reaper. This vessel was restored by the museum's boat club and sails regularly in the summer months. Between 2003 and 2005 she visited 26 ports around Britain, including a visit to the Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth, attracting 44,000 visitors. When not sailing, the boat is berthed in Anstruther harbour opposite the museum.
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  • This museum is much larger and more diverse than you might think, and gives insights into life in a fishing village and at sea. And it houses a friendly, solid Scottish coffee house where locals also meet.
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  • Having a little time and thinking the weather a little uncertain for the trop to Isle of May we nipped in here. There appeared to be a nice tearoom to the left and a small gift shop. On paying we were...  more »
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  • "The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose". Members enjoy superb social events, food and alcoholic beverages. A meager £9 each adult for a basic, unguided tour gets you in. Luckier visitors enjoy guided tours as part of a package deal. Try making inquiries in advance. 😎
  • If you are in this part of the world then well worth a visit. Fantastic experience for the whole family, no matter the age. Cafe is brill but if you have made it to the museum get along to the world famous chippy only a few doors away. East Neuk is a must visit area.
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