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.

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 to view our ever changing and exciting exhibitions. Donations are welcomed to help the Trust care for the collections and our heritage both now and in the future.

The main exhibition space is Da Gadderie. Shows on display here can be by individual artists, or curated by the Museum's own Exhibitions Officer based on Museum and Archive artefacts, or including touring exhibitions from other musuems, galleries or institutions. Details of some of the previous high profile shows are included on the Our Own Shows Archive page.

Any artist who would like to display work in the building should contact the Exhibitions Officer to discuss.

Current Exhibitions

'Fair Game’ online exhibition

03/05/2022 - 06/01/2025
Online Exhibition

Shetland Museum and Archives has launched a major new online exhibition called ‘Fair Game’ as their part in the Between Islands project.


Land of Straw by Berenice Carrington

29/06/2022 - 30/09/2022
Shetland Museum Foyer

Berenice Carrington’s exhibition at the Shetland Museum and Archives focuses on the agricultural cycle of growing traditional Shetland aets (oats). Three very large charcoal drawings and eight smaller artworks reveal a world that can be entered when this native crop is cultivated.


Roberta Fulford's Self Portrait Series

30/06/2022 - 30/08/2022
Shetland Museum

Taken on the croft, these self-portrait photographs are an expression of Roberta's lived experience and her consideration of local and global issues.