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


60th+ Anniversary of Shetland Fiddlers' Society

02/05/2022 - 31/07/2022
Upper gallery

Shetland Fiddlers' Society formalised after 1960 Hamefarin' performance. Come and see the Collection and various memorabilia throughout the years.


'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.


Shetland Festival of Care 2022: Home and Belonging Exhibition

03/05/2022 - 31/05/2022
Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives

Part of Shetland Festival of Care 2022, the 'Home and Belonging' exhibition brings you wide-ranging and powerful perspectives on what it is to belong, from the #SHETLANDCREW of Care Experienced leaders on Shetland. They have worked alongside nationally renowned artists as part of a unique three-year exploration that both challenges and inspires.