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Museum Access Guide

Download our Access Guide giving full details and illustrations of access outside and within the museum, or see the summaries below.

Museum Accessibility

There is ramp access at the main entrance where the Shop and the WAVES Café are situated. The Museum itself, apart from the Fisherman’s Cottage, is fully ramped throughout. The Fisherman’s Cottage which is accessed by a stair from the Courtyard, can still be viewed from within the Museum from the Days of Steam Gallery by means of a viewing window. A disabled toilet is situated at the main entrance and accessed via the shop. There are baby changing facilities within the Museum. Please see the Museum floorplan for information on the layout of the Museum galleries and facilities.

Support and Resources for Visitors with ASN

The museum has developed a visual story with pictures of the museum and information to help you prepare for your visit. You can download our Visual Story here.

A sensory backpack is available to borrow for free for the duration of your visit, designed with autistic visitors in mind. Please speak to the staff at reception if you would like to use the backpack on your visit.

Sensory Backpack


Directly opposite the Museum entrance is a public pay and display car park offering both coach (4 bays) and car parking spaces, including 2 disabled bays.

A further pay and display car park is situated in Shore Street 150 yards west of the Museum with car and motorcycle bays and a further 2 disabled bays. Both car parks are pay and display from April to September and are Free during the Winter months. There is no charge for blue badge holders.

Public transport

There are bus stops directly outside the Museum on both sides of the road.

See Car Parks and Bus Stops for a street view of the parking and public transport facilities near the museum.

Access Policy

The Scottish Fisheries Museum believes that all people and sectors of the community have a fundamental right to engage with, use and enjoy the collections and services it provides. It recognises that there are many barriers to access but is committed to making all aspects of its activities as fully accessible as its resources allow, including access to buildings, collections, exhibitions, events, and learning activities.

You can download a copy of our SFM Access Policy 2023 here.

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