***Coronavirus Update March 2020***
The Shetland Museum and Archives, Crofthouse Museum and Emma-Louise coffee shop will remain closed until futher notice. You can keep in touch with us and our work on our website, Facebook and Instagram.
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.
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.
The galleries are laid out in an easy to follow trail which takes you through our history from the geological beginnings and early people, through social, domestic and industrial changes and into the more contemporary oil era developments.
Use the building layout maps (Ground Floor and Upper Floor) to take a virtual tour of the building before you arrive, or have a look at the activities on offer to plan your day. Some children’s activity sheets can be downloaded before you arrive, or collected for free at reception or in the galleries.
The Archives Searchroom offers a quiet and comfortable space to conduct research on a specific subject, or just browse the catalogue, books or archive newspapers.
Take time to visit the Boat Shed to watch traditional boats being expertly restored and remember to pick up a souvenir of your visit from our well stocked Gift Shop.