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The Shetland Museum is now open with a booking system in place.

The Shetland Museum is open by pre booking only on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 12.00pm – 4.30pm.
Pre-book to get exclusive use of our museum facilities – as always, entry to the Museum and Archives will be free with donations welcome. Click here to view our full opening times.

We also have new social distancing and safety measures in place. Find out more at the links below.

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Your booking and visit is FREE but now more than ever we need your support - please consider making a donation.

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We have a booking system in place to allow visitors exclusive use of the Museum and Archives and we are providing longer slots to give people time to browse at their leisure.

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NEW - What to expect when you visit

We've been working hard to make sure that your visit will still be safe and enjoyable. Find out more about our social distancing and hygiene measures.

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Galleries

Visit our Museum Galleries - booking essential.

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Archives Searchroom

Visit the Archives searchroom - booking essential.

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Picnic Area

Our cafe is currently closed but you are welcome to bring a picnic.

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Tours

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.

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Gift Shop

You can visit our wonderful gift shop when you com and visit us in the Museum and Archives - you must wear a face covering.

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Activities

Whatever your reason for visiting us at Shetland Museum and Archives, there are a range of activities on offer to ensure you can make the most of your time with us.

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Hay's Dock

Shetland Museum and Archives sits on Hay’s Dock; the last remaining area of original dock on the Lerwick waterfront, which is now category B listed. This is a perfect setting to highlight the strong heritage connection with the sea, and display just some of the traditional Shetland boats in the collection.

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Boat Shed

The Boat Shed, located at the left of the building dates from around 1900, although this particular site has been a place for boatbuilding and repair since the 1820s, with the first shed built in 1844 by Hay & Company. Today, the Boat Shed provi...

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Public Art

Shetland Amenity Trust commissioned over 60 individual artworks as part of its Shetland Museum and Archives Public Art Project. These are on show throughout the building and dock, some even appearing alongside the artefacts and documents in the galleries and Archives.

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New winter opening times at the Shetland Museum and Archives

The Shetland Museum and Archives have announced new opening times that will come into effect on Saturday 28th November. The aim is to ...

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Fair Isle Chairs on display in Da Gadderie

An exciting new exhibition of Fair Isle Chairs by local carpenter Eve Eunson is on display in Da Gadderie in Lerwick. In collaboration ...

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Tears of joy and appreciation for peerie hansels

Shetland students on the mainland will be receiving a ‘Peerie Hansel fae Hame’ this week as part of the Shetland Amenity Trust’s ...

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Appeal: A Peerie Hansel Fae Hame

The Shetland Community would like to express its support by sending a peerie hansel (gift) from home to the estimated 400 students ...

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Shetland Museum and Archives - Reopening Plans

The Shetland Museum and Archives plans to reopen to the public on Thursday 16th July with a new booking system and measures in place ...

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Our commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity

The death of George Floyd has prompted a global outpouring of grief and anger that we, as an integral part of society, cannot ignore. ...

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Events Postponed

The Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that its key annual events will all be postponed until next year.  Due to the current ...

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Shetland Wool Week 2020 Patron & Hat Pattern Launched

The Shetland Wool Week patron for 2020 has been named today as Shetland knitwear designer, Wilma Malcolmson, who is internationally ...

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Shetland Amenity Trust closes key sites

The Shetland Museum and Archives and the Shetland Amenity Trust’s head offices at Garthspool, Lerwick have today closed to the ...

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BBC Radio 4's Any Questions Postponed

The BBC have taken the decision to postpone their ‘Any Questions’ event until later in the year.

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Shetland Boat Week puts out call for traditional boats

Shetland Boat Week is asking owners of traditional Shetland boats to bring them to Shetland Museum and Archives for display during ...

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Exciting Line-up for Shetland Boat Week

The Shetland Amenity Trust and partners are busy getting organised for Shetland Boat Week 2020.

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Shetland Amenity Trust kicks off Up Helly Aa with a series of fiery events

The fiery season is on us and the Shetland Amenity Trust is putting together a series of events as well as offering extended opening ...

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Memorial Lecture - Viking Genes, Jim Wilson

The Shetland Museum and Archives will be presenting their annual memorial lecture next week entitled ‘Viking Genes’ by visiting ...

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Last chance to see Grayson Perry exhibition and hear from leading expert in contemporary art

To mark the close of the remarkable ‘Grayson Perry - A Potted Biography’ ceramic exhibition this Saturday 11 January, Director of ...

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