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 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


The Eagle's Last Stronghold

22/06/2019 - 22/09/2019
Upper Foyer, Shetland Museum & Archives

This exhibition highlights the story of the white-tailed ‘sea’ eagle in Shetland. Shetland was home to some of the last white-tailed eagles in Britain before they were hunted to extinction. The exhibition will open on 22nd June and will be a key part of the upcoming Shetland Nature Festival.


Return of the Light

22/06/2019 - 28/07/2019
Foyer corridor

Etchings by Paul Bloomer

Heilia Water, Chris Rigby

Sam Davies 'Capturing the Moody Sea' and Chris Rigby 'Eight Years On'

22/06/2019 - 27/07/2019
Da Gadderie

Two exhibitions in Da Gadderie. 'Capturing the Moody Sea' is a new series of works by Sam Davies where he shares his passion for Shetland's dramatic seascapes. 'Eight Years On' shows the development of Chris Rigby's interest in Shetland landscapes as he moves away from coastal scenes to the hinterlands of the lochs and peatlands.