Welcome

to Shetland Museum and Archives

Our Five Star, award winning Museum and Archives is a multifunctional visitor attraction in the heart of Shetland's capital town of Lerwick. Begin your journey through the history of our beautiful islands here, with an enjoyable and interactive visitor experience discovering our world renowned collections.

Visit Us

A warm welcome awaits you at Shetland Museum and Archives. Join us for a journey through Shetland’s past with our informative displays and interactive exhibits. Relax in Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant and pick up a souvenir of your visit from the Gift Shop.

Collections

Visitors and researchers can explore the fascinating story of Shetland’s heritage and culture in one place, with access to a wealth of documents and artefacts covering all aspects of the islands' past at Shetland Museum and Archives.

Education & Research

Shetland Museum and Archives offers a comprehensive education programme, with access to workshops focussing on different areas of our collections, and outreach sessions in the community.

Online Resources

Access document and photo archives online, or download a choice of teaching resources, or visitor activitity sheets.

Community Heritage

Shetland’s heritage is researched, collected and exhibited throughout the islands by a network of local museums and heritage centres. Each museum and heritage centre in Shetland is unique, highlighting the various and changing aspects of natural and cultural heritage in each area.

Venue & Event Hire

Shetland Museum and Archives offers first class venue facilities for hire in a stunning dockside location. From conferences and meetings, to weddings or birthday parties, our versatile spaces are suitable for any event.

Opening Times

Museum
Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Archives
Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant
Monday to Wednesday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10.00am to 9.00pm (last orders)
Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Crofthouse Museum
3rd May to 30th September, Daily: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm
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Photo Archive

Scotland's most extensive photo archive

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Gift Shop

Unique gifts and souvenirs with a heritage theme

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Collections

Explore the Archives and Museum Artefacts

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Hay's Dock Café Restaurant

Fresh local fayre with stunning dockside views

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Events

Events and activities during your visit

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Events

Events and activities during your visit

Shetland Museum and Archives are proud to offer a range of events for adults, children and famlies, covering a variety of themes throughout the year.Our own events are detailed below, or see the 'What's On' Calendar for all public events and exhibition listings for the building.


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Mootie Moose Christmas Trail
01/12/2016 - 31/12/2016

Follow the Mootie Christmas trail to collect a prize!

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Mootie Moose Christmas Special
07/12/2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join Mootie for a special christmas session.

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Dus du mind? Memories of Christmas
14/12/2016 2:00pm

Reminiscence session in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland.

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A look behind the scenes at the Shetland book collection
14/12/2016 2:30pm

Take a look into the archives at the extensive Shetland book collection.

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Exhibitions

Displays, Exhibitions and Gadderie Shows

There are a number of exhibition spaces and feature display areas throughout the Museum and Archives building. The artefacts and works on display change regularly and details of our current shows are listed here.


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They Volunteered Their All: Shetland Territorials in the Great War
05/11/2016 - 15/01/2017

A new exhibition in the upper foyer focusses on the Territorial army.

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A quiet Traipse aboot da toon
30/11/2016 - 31/12/2016

New collection of artwork by Avril Thomson Smith inspired by the Lerwick Lanes and surrounding areas.

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Howard Towll: To Shetland and Beyond
19/11/2016 - 21/12/2016

An exhibition of many mediums by popular local nature artist, Howard Towll.

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Latest News

Keep up to date with new stories and details of what our staff are doing to preserve and promote Shetland's heritage and culture .


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Rare and Unique - Shetland's rare book collection
30/11/2016

This December the Shetland Museum and Archives are focusing on the rare and unique Shetland book collection they look after for the islands, both with special events and the return of the popular Advent Tree in reception and on the Facebook page.

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Littoral Art Project gives pupils a new perspective on beach litter
25/10/2016

School pupils will be engaging with the Gadderie exhibition in coming weeks.


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