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: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00am to 9.00pm (last orders)
Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Crofthouse Museum
1st 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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Nautical Lino Print P1-3
01/08/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm

Nautical themed craft class for P1-3

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Nautical Lino Print P4-7
01/08/2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Nautical themed crafts for children in P4-7.

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When I Paint, I Remember
04/08/2017 2:00pm

In partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

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Shetland Boat Week 2017
07/08/2017 - 13/08/2017

A series of maritime related events and activities to celebrate Shetland's maritime heritage, and links with contemporary industry.

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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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Alex Boak - People who touch wool
02/09/2017 - 01/10/2017

A display of images relating to the Shetland wool industry.

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Janette Kerr and Jo Millett - Confusing Shadow with Substance
22/07/2017 - 27/08/2017

A video and sound installation investigating traces of the past at the historic fishing station of Stenness in Northmavine, through a re-imagining of the events and journeys from shoreline to far haaf.

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Celebrating 100 years of the SWRI
07/10/2017 - 19/11/2017

Learn more about the work of the SWRI

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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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Aith Junior High Pupils curate new exhibition at Shetland Museum and Archives
30/06/2017

A new exhibition has been unveiled telling the story of the whaling ship, Diana. The display has been curated by pupils from P4/5 and P6/7 of Aith Junior High.

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10th Birthday Celebrations
25/05/2017

To celebrate the milestone 10th birthday, Shetland Museum and Archives staff are hosting a day of birthday celebrations on Saturday 3rd June and would like to invite everyone along to join in the activities planned for the day.


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