Shetland Museum & Archives
sits on the restored historic Hay's Dock in Lerwick, providing a gateway from which to explore Shetland's rich heritage and culture
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.
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.
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.
|Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm|
|Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm|
|Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.30pm|
|Saturday and Sunday: Closed|
|Monday: 10.00am to 5.00pm|
|Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00am to 9.00pm (last orders)|
|Sunday: 12.00pm to 5.00pm|
|1st May to 30th September, Daily: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm|
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.
Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.
Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.
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.
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.
A display of images relating to the Shetland wool industry.
Learn more about the work of the SWRI
Keep up to date with new stories and details of what our staff are doing to preserve and promote Shetland's heritage and culture .
The Shetland Museum Boat Shed has had a transformation with the departure of the Oceanic Lifeboat - a long term resident during her restoration.
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.
Head down to the delightful setting of Dunrossness and step back in time as you enter the traditional 19th century thatched crofthouse.
Run by Shetland Museum and Archives, the Crofthouse Museum is open daily from 10am throughout the summer (May - September). Entry is free, donations welcome.