The East Neuk museum opened as an independent, self-funding institution in 1969. Since then, its collection has grown substantially, the complex has been greatly expanded and major internal alterations have enabled access for all.
Its displays cover virtually every aspect of the Scottish fishing industry and community, both at sea and on shore. The variety and beauty of old fishing boats are shown in its models and riginal vessels, including the Reaper and White Wing that still go to sea. Social history is explored ia personal possessions, textiles, domestic equipment and artworks.
Reserve collections are held in store where they are available for research and provide the focus for regular temporary exhibitions on a range of topics. New exhibits seek to reflect and inform contemporary issues such as the impact of environmental change on the fishing industry.
From the start, the museum’s ambition was not merely to tell a local story, but to include the fishing heritage of the East Neuk within a national context and the Scottish Fisheries Museum is now acknowledged as one of Scotland’s national industrial museums.