Shetland Museum & Archives
We are currently closed for the festive period and will remain closed until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. You can keep up to date on our social media pages.
The project highlights the historical cultural links between the islands of Shetland, Orkney, and the Outer Hebrides, while exploring and celebrating similarities and differences across the three island groups. The Shetland exhibition, which has been compiled by museum curator Ian Tait, examines three customs that are nowadays seen by some as ‘politically incorrect’: hunting seabirds and eggs, whaling, and harvesting peat.Find Out More
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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. The Museum and Archives is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust, a small charity caring for Shetland's natural and cultural heritage. It is free to visit the Museum and Archives and donations are welcomed to help the Trust care for the collections and our heritage both now and in the future.
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We are currently closed for the festive period and will remain closed until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. You can keep up to date on our social media pages. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Shetland Museum and Archives as soon as we can.
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.
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.
Access document and photo archives online, or download a choice of teaching resources, or visitor activitity sheets.
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.
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.
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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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.
Keep up to date with new stories and details of what our researchers are doing to preserve and promote Shetland's heritage and culture.
The project highlights the historical cultural links between the islands of Shetland, Orkney, and the Outer Hebrides, while exploring ...Read more
Visitors to the Shetland Museum and Archives now need to book in advance before visiting.Find Out More