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 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Archives
Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant
Monday: 10.30am to 5.00pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am 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 2.00pm 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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When I Paint, I Remember
03/06/2016 2:00pm

June's paint therapy session.

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Hands on History
06/06/2016 11:00am

Join our knowledgeable staff in the galleries for a chance to handle artefacts and learn more about our collections,

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Dus Du Mind? Shopping
22/06/2016 2:00pm

A reminiscence session on shopping in Shetland.

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Mootie Moose - Lovely Lighthouses
24/06/2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join Mootie for a one-off session on lighthouses.

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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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‘Light and Shade’ by Anne Bain and Mike Finnie
24/05/2016 - 25/06/2016

A buy and take away show by Mike Finnie and Anne Bain.

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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.

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

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

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Ingrid Arthur & Robyn Marwick: Tinkin Lang
18/06/2016 - 14/08/2016

A very personal body of work by mother and daughter, Ingrid and Robyn, exploring memories and traditions.

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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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Shetland Boat Week Launched Today
13/04/2016

The first Shetland Boat Week will take place between 8th and 14th August.

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New to Us Exhibition
30/03/2016

A display of 'new to us' art is on display throughout the galleries and will be updated regularly during 2016/17.


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