Make the most of your visit with us and join us on a tour to ensure you see the highlights of our museum and our Recognised Collections.

Daily tours

Our daily tours take place at 2.30pm to 3.30pm, running until 20th September 2024.
Tours will commence from the museum foyer and last approx. 45 minutes | Tickets £10

Mondays - Highlights of Shetland Museum (*not running on 22nd July)
Tuesdays - Shetland's Crofting Past (*not running on 9th July)
Thursdays - Shetland's Textile Treasures
Saturdays - History of Hay's Dock

We can also offer private tours if you can't make our regular afternoon time slot - contact us at to arrange, please note a minimum fee for 8 people will apply.

  • Highlights of Shetland Museum - Join a member of our Visitor Experience Team on a highlights tour of Shetland Museum to cover the ground floor gallery zone. On the tour, they will point out key artefacts, and provide further information from each era, to provide you with a potted history of Shetland to the 19th century. For a general introduction to our collections, or for those who have limited time, this is a perfect place to start.
  • Shetland's Crofting Past - Join a member of our Visitor Experience Team who also happens to be a crofter with a flock of native sheep, to learn all about Shetland's crofting past and our native breeds. Built on a necessity to survive in our harsh climate, you'll take a look back at the life of most rural Shetlanders in the 17th and 18th century and the importance of land, animals and local ingenuity to survive.
  • Shetland's Textile Treasures - For those particularly interested in Shetland's famous textile industry, you'll be guided on a tour of both our lower and upper galleries to tell the story of our knitting history. Now a recognised collection of national significance, you'll get the chance to learn much more about the lace and Fair Isle knitwear we have on display and the importance of this industry to Shetland.
  • History of Hay's Dock - Join a member of our Visitor Experience Team, who happens to be a retired fisherman, to learn all about the area surrounding Shetland Museum & Archives, known as Hay's Dock. For such a small dock area it highlights much of the changes over time to Shetland's commercial maritime past which you'll be guided through. You'll also learn about some of the boats, built in the boat-sheds which remain on site, and take a look at the history of some other ventures based at the dock too.

Travel Trade / Group Tours

We also have a range of group tours available for the travel trade.
Prices: are based on a min of 8 and max of 15 people per tour. Groups larger than 15 can be split.
Booking: please email us at to arrange your group tour.

Available Tours

VEA* Led
(per person)

Curator Led (per person)

Highlights Tour
Our Highlights tour takes around 45 minutes and covers all of the gallery zones, pointing out key artefacts from each area. For a general introduction to the collections, or for those who have limited time, this is a perfect place to start.

£10 + VAT

£20 + VAT

Textile Tour
Our Textiles tours are available during the summer, and also during Shetland Wool Week in late September/early October. Tours examine various aspects of our textile heritage, illustrated by our Recognised textile collection. These are sometimes complemented by textile demonstration sessions with our skilled team showing off their spinning and knitting talents.

Private viewing of textiles in storage - approx 35 minutes

£12 + VAT
(approx 30mins)


£22 + VAT
(approx 35mins)

£22 + £12 tour fee + VAT

Themed Tours
We offer tours on our maritime and fisheries heritage, crofting and folklife, and other specialisms on request - these tours provide an opportunity to explore our collections in depth.

£10 + VAT

£22 + VAT

Crofthouse Museum Tours
The Shetland Crofthouse Museum is open to the public for drop-in visits, there's no charge but donations are welcome. Please email us to arrange your custodian led group tour.

Adults - £3.33 + VAT

Concession -
£1.50 + VAT


* VEA - Visitor Experience Assistant