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.

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.

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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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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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Museum Maritime Scavenger Hunt

There’s much excitement at Shetland Museum! A number of sea creatures have ...

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Laura Kay Boat Trip

The Laura Kay is Shetland Museum and Archives modern built, traditional haddock ...

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Rope Making at Hay's Dock

Do you know how traditional rope was made? Come down to Hay’s Dock to see an ...

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Seagull Engine Demonstrations

Brian Chapman has a fascinating collection of original Seagull engines in ...

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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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Pieces in Time by the Shetland Needleworkers

Shetland Needleworkers` Exhibitions have established a reputation for being ...

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Grayson Perry: A Potted Biography

An exhibition of ceramics by contemporary British artist, author, and ...

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My Potted Biography

An exhibition of items on loan from people in Shetland, representing key ...

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Look familiar?

Another display of some of photos from our archive. This one show the festive ...

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Latest Blog Posts

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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Grayson Perry: Behind the Scenes

We caught up with Curator of the Shetland Museum and Archives, Dr Ian Tait, to find out just what's involved in bringing the work of a ...

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Looking back at the history of the 'North Star'

An evening of nostalgia is lined up on Thursday 12 December at the Shetland Museum and Archives with a special viewing of the ...

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