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.

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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.


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

Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant
Monday to Wednesday: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Thursday to Saturday: 10.30am to 3.30pm, and 5.00pm to 9.00pm (last orders)
Sunday: 12.00pm to 4.30pm
Crofthouse Museum
1st May to 30th September: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Photo Archive

Scotland's most extensive photo archive

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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 and activities during your visit

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Gift Shop

Unique gifts and souvenirs with a heritage theme

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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.

Dus Du Mind? Wedding Memories
17/02/2016 2:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of reminiscence about weddings!

Mootie Moose Feb-Apr 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join Mootie Moose and his pals for fun sessions in the Museum galleries.

Blockade; Cruiser Warfare and the Starvation of Germany in World War 1
14/05/2016 2:00pm

Steve Dunn will discuss his recently published book examining the role played by the British Navy in the defeat of Germany during WW1.



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.


60 Years of the Junior Up Helly Aa
09/01/2016 - 21/02/2016

A celebration of 60 years of the Junior Up Helly Aa.

Karl Manson Focus Display
14/12/2015 - 31/12/2016

Highlighting the life of World War One soldier, Private Karl Manson

Lois Walpole: Weaving Ghosts
27/02/2016 - 10/04/2016

Lois Walpole creates items from material washed up on the shore.

Kay Aplin & Joseph Young: In a Shetland Landscape
16/04/2016 - 12/06/2016

Ceramist, Kay Aplin and sound artist, Joseph Young present an exhibition of sound and ceramics celebrating the Shetland landscape.


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 .

New Website Launched

Shetland Museum and Archives has, today, launched a new website.

Photos in a Flash - Instant Photo Printing

Visitors to Shetland Museum and Archives can now access instant prints from a wide range of popular photo archive images from the database.

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