history museums in Kingdom of Fife
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Kingdom of Fife Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Kingdom of Fife...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Kingdom of Fife Museums and Galleries

12 North Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9PW
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A small independent trust museum within a lovely 17th century house in the heart of the town’s old fisher quarter, close to the Castle and Cathedral, the Museum contains plenty of fascinating objects showing the history of St. Andrews and its people. The ground floor is home to displays featuring old St Andrews shops and businesses. Enjoy a well-earned rest in the secluded and peaceful surroundings of the Museum’s award-winning gardens. Glimpse into the past courtesy of Great Granny’s Wash House and a recently restored outside privy. Collections include fine art, costume, furniture and many other objects with local connections. There’s an important collection of some 10,000 photographs, postcards, slides and glass negatives, evening lectures, and coffee mornings and gift shop. MUSEUM IS SEASONAL - Admission to exhibitions is free..

St Andrews Museum

Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DP
Tel: 01334 659380     E-mail: standrewsmuseum@fife.gov.uk 

St Andrews Museum is located in Kinburn Castle in Kinburn Park, a short walk from North Street. The Museum explores St Andrews' heritage from early times to the 20th century, covering both the medieval period when the Cathedral was one of the great religious centres of Europe and the growth of tourism starting in the Victorian era. There are various displays and interesting artefacts to tell the town's story through the ages. In the Kaleidoscope Gallery there is a changing programme of temporary exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. The Activity Centre hosts lectures and activities for children throughout the year. The Museum café serves light meals, teas, coffees and home baking. Free admission.

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Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

2 Moodie Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7PL
Tel: 01383 724302    E-mail: carnegiebirthplace@hotmail.com 

Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919) the industrialist and benefactor was born at 2 Moodie Street, Dunfermline, an 18th-century pantiled weaver's cottage. Now a museum, it was extended in 1925 with the construction of the adjacent Memorial Building designed by James Shearer. Of the $350 million Andrew Carnegie gave to charity, about $37.5 million came to benefit Dunfermline where the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust is based. Gifts to the town included the Carnegie Centre, the Carnegie Free Library, the Carnegie Hall and Pittencrieff Park.

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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd, St. Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3AB
Tel: 01333 310628    E-mail : enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org

The Scottish Fisheries Museum on the harbour at Anstruther is an award-winning National museum which tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry from the earliest times to present. 10 galleries, 2 boatyards, and a replica fisherman's cottage. The Museum makes for an exceptional day out. The museum's collection includes more than 66,000 items and 18 boats, A major restructuring with a series of ramps now allows wheelchair access to virtually every part of the buildings. Shop and tea-room, including a courtyard patio for those who like to dine al-fresco. Party visits for groups of all ages are welcome and popular. There is an extensive programme of exhibitions throughout the year. Up to 5 accompanied children are admitted free.

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British Golf Museum

Bruce Embankment, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AB
Tel: 01334 460046    E-mail: judychance@randa.org

No visit to Fife would be complete without also visiting the British Golf Museum. Whether or not you are a golfer, you will find the museum full of surprising facts and striking feats from 500 years of golf history. There are displays and exhibits which trace the history of the game, both in Britain and abroad, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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Methil Heritage Centre

The Old Pst Office, High Street, Lower Methil, Fife KY8 3EQ
Tel: 01333 422100 or 412860

Methil Heritage Centre is a small local history museum and exhibition venue, situated in the coastal town of Methil in Central Fife. The Centre has a small staff of one full time curator, an administrative assistant and a Heritage Centre assistant. There is also have a lively group of volunteers who contribute to many areas of the Centre's work.

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The Scottish Lime Centre

Granary Building, 16 Rocks Road, Charlestown, Dunfermline, KY11 3EN
Tel: 01383 872722

Located in Charlestown, Fife, the Scottish Lime Centre provides an insight to the lime heritage of Charlestown. In its heyday, Charlestown produced over one third of the lime in Scotland for use in building, agriculture and industry.

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Inverkeithing Museum

The Friary, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1LS
Tel: 01383 313394

The museum is located on the upper floor of a 14th century friary guest house. The small gallery contains local photographs, paintings and artefacts. Of particular  interest are items which once belonged to Admiral Sir Samuel Greig, an Inverkeithing man who became famous as the ''Father of the Russian Navy''. Admission is free. No disabled access.

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Dunfermline Museum & Small Gallery

Tel: 01383 721814

Located within the centre of Dunfermline in Fife, the Dunfermline Museum has displays illustrating the local, social and natural history of the area. There is also a display that highlights the importance that the linen industry played in the development of Dunfermline. The attached gallery houses temporary art and craft exhibitions.

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The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

M90 Commerce Park, Lathalmond, by Dunfermline, Fife KY12 0SJ
Tel: 01383 623380    E-mail: jimc88@tiscali.co.uk   

The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is located in an ex Royal Navy stores depot at Lathalmond, near Dunfermline, Fife and is open to visitors from 12:30 - 5pm on Sundays from Easter until late September / early October. The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is now the acknowledged focal point of historic bus restoration and operation in Scotland and houses around 170 vehicles. Most of these vehicles are of Scottish origin and are in varying levels of condition, from dilapidated to fully restored.

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Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1YG
Tel: 01592 583213

The museum and art gallery houses an outstanding collection of 18th - 21st century Scottish paintings. It boasts the best public collection of work by S. J. Peploe and William McTaggart, outside the National Galleries of Scotland.

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