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Shetland Museum & Archives is open. Drop in and visit us, no booking is necessary. For those intending to visit the Crofthouse Museum in Dunrossness please book in advance. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Free to visit - As always, entry to the Museum and Archives is free but now more than ever we need your support - please consider making a donation.

Crofthouse Museum: Tickets for the Crofthouse Museum can be purchased online - Adult £3.50 Child £1.50 - your ticket entitles entry into the crofthouse interior for 1 hour.

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NOW OPEN: Hay's Dock by the Dowry

'Hay's Dock by The Dowry', café/restaurant at Shetland Museum’s historic Hay’s Dock is now open.

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Crofthouse Museum

The Shetland Crofthouse Museum is now open for the 2022 summer season - Thursday to Tuesday 10am - 4pm. Booking is essential.

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Galleries

Visit our Museum Galleries

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Archives Searchroom

Visit the Archives searchroom

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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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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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Visit Us / Book Blog Posts

Shetland Festival of Care 2022 - Tending the Light

'Tending the Light', the Shetland Festival of Care 2022, launches on Friday 18 February at the Shetland Museum and Archives. It ...

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Shetland Museum and Archives reopens to the public

We are delighted to announce that the Shetland Museum and Archives will re-open from tomorrow (Tuesday 8 February) following a ...

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550 Years Ago: how Shetland became part of Scotland

A fortnight ago some women and men from the South Mainland of Shetland marched in Glasgow with torches. They were commemorating the ...

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Up Helly Aa - the Venues

We’re missing Up Helly Aa again - not just a fire spectacle but a major social event, with dances and performances in many venues in ...

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Update on temporary closure of Shetland Museum and Archives

We apologise for the delay in reopening the museum and archives this year.

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The New Year, 1872 and the Truck Commission

The New Year of 1872 began in a special way in Shetland. On the first of January Sheriff William Guthrie began hearings in the Queens ...

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A Lerwick Christmas One Hundred Years Ago: 1921

The Town Council decided which day the Christmas holiday should be on, there had been petitions. After some deliberation they settled ...

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Shetland Museum and Archives awarded funding for Year of Stories

Shetland Museum and Archives is delighted to announce that it will be celebrating and showcasing many of Shetland’s untold stories ...

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Kirk artefacts to be saved by Shetland Museum

The heritage of a number of important religious artefacts from some of Shetland’s churches is to be preserved for future generations ...

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Accounts with Women Labourers

Thomas Hardy, probably the Victorian novelist most familiar with the grit of rural life, described the work of his agricultural ...

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The Maiden

Hallowe’en at the end of October is traditionally a part of the year when macabre things are thought of and expressed. Perhaps a ...

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New exhibition - to excite young readers and art lovers

A new exhibition opens this week at the Shetland Museum and Archives. 'A’ll Tell Dee a Story' is the work of local author and ...

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October Holiday Events

Join us at the Shetland Museum and Archives this October holidays for an exciting programme of Halloween themed events.

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Bold new art exhibition celebrates Shetland nature

Shetland Museum and Archives is delighted to unveil a bold new art exhibition in its Gadderie space that is inspired by Shetland ...

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We're hiring - Visitor Experience Assistants

Are you passionate about Shetland's culture and heritage? Do you enjoy working with the public and would you like to help create ...

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