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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Hands on History
19/07/2016 11:00am

A chance to handle objects from Shetland's past.

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Shetland Sea Monsters P1-3
02/08/2016
10:30am - 12:30pm

Discover stories of sea monsters in the Archives and create your own monster to take home. For P1-3.

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Shetland Sea Monsters P4-7
03/08/2016
10:30am - 12:30pm

Discover sea monster stories in the Archives and make your own monster to take home. For P4-7.

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When I Paint, I Remember
05/08/2016 2:00pm

July's painting session 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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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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Anniversary Exhibitions
27/06/2016 - 11/09/2016

40 years of Archives and 50 years of Museum artefacts in celebration of our anniversaries.

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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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Evlynn Sharp & Sally Booth: Edges and Extremes - Shetland: People, Place, Industry
20/08/2016 - 20/10/2016

A visual and poetry art collaboration between Evlynn and Sally, reflecting sights and sounds of Shetland.

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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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Supporting Dementia Friends
13/07/2016

Shetland Museum and Archives are proud to support Dementia Friends Scotland and recently took part in training to better understand this condition.

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Anniversary Events
29/06/2016

Staff gathered for an official photo as the anniversary celebrations begin.


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