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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Trowe da lookin gless: A. D. Mathewson's Shetland - by Eileen Brooke-Freeman
30/03/2017 7:30pm

A talk examining the records of Mathewson, covering many aspects of life in 19th century Shetland.

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Springtime on the croft
04/04/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm

Children's Easter events for P1-3

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Woolly fun on the croft
05/04/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm

Children's Easter events for P4-7

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When I Paint, I Remember - Creative Clay
07/04/2017 2:00pm

Art session in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

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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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Gemma Graham - A Shetland Series; Banks and Skerries
04/03/2017 - 16/04/2017

Studies of physical characteristics of geological landforms.

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Donald Jefferies - Underwater Shetland
02/03/2017 - 09/04/2017

Underwater photography from Shetland's coast.

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Jimmy Thomason and Calum Moncrieff - Dumping Ground
22/04/2017 - 28/05/2017

Two Shetland Artists explore their formative years growing up in 'Lochside'.

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Paul Bloomer - Flight
03/06/2017 - 14/07/2017

A personal view of Shetland life contrasted with international affairs.

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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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Mathewson Lecture
22/03/2017

Eileen Brooke-Freeman will deliver a talk about the life of her ancestor Andrew Dishington Mathewson of East Yell (1799-1887) from her research into his letters, plans and other documents deposited in the Shetland Archives.

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Shetland Museum and Archives goes virtual
08/03/2017

Shetland Museum and Archives have embraced the world of virtual reality with a new app available from VisitScotland.


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