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Shetland Museum & Archives are temporarily CLOSED due to a heating fault which has impacted water supply.

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

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Social distancing and safety measures


Archives Booking

Book online for the Archives at the link below, alternatively you can phone us on 01595 695057.

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Archives Bookings

We have a booking system in place for Archives visits. Book online at the link below or call us on 01595 695057.

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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

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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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Reid Tait Collection transferred to Shetland Archives

Shetland Archives has recently received the last of a large and significant collection of printed material from Shetland Library, in a ...

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P&O Flag flies at Bod

The P&O flag is again flying at the Bὂd of Gremista, following an appeal from Shetland Amenity Trust Vice Chairman, Captain George ...

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Take a Virtual Tour of Fethaland

A new interactive visitor experience has been installed at Shetland Museum and Archives, which allows the user to take a stroll ...

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BBC Sound Booth comes to Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Museum and Archives is pleased to be taking part in the BBC Listening Project Tour.

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Archaeological Artefacts Return

Over 100,000 archaeological artefacts have been returned to Shetland for inclusion in the Recognised Archaeology Collection of ...

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Shetland's Sunken Treasure - Unveiled!

A new exhibition has been unveiled at Shetland Museum and Archives. The two displays, located outside the archives showcase finds from ...

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Breaking The Mould

After 240 years a rare Fetlar bronze armlet, will return home to Shetland for a museum exhibition from 16 November 2014 to 20 January ...

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Essential repairs commence on Nil Desperandum

Following a successful request for volunteers by the Shetland Amenity Trust, essential repair work has begun at Hay’s Dock to the ...

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Gold Standard Maintained

Shetland Amenity Trust and one of its core services, the Shetland Museum and Archives, have both, again, achieved Gold Standards in ...

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Young Ambassador Project

Shetland Museum and Archives, and Shetland Arts are looking for 12 young ambassadors to take part in an exciting 3-month project in ...

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Writing The North Project Concludes

A year-long project which has explored the historical literature of Orkney and Shetland, and explored continuity with contemporary ...

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ARTIST ROOMS 214 Tour: Don McCullin

Shetland Museum & Archives and Shetland Arts Development Agency will show work by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Don ...

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Grant Award for Migration Study

Shetland Museum and Archives are delighted to announce that they have received a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence award, to work ...

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Writing the North

Shetland and Orkney’s literature will take centre stage in a major new project being launched this weekend in Edinburgh. The project ...

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Visitor numbers boosted by Divine Cat visit

The Gayer Anderson Cat Exhibition from September to December attracted over 6000 more visits from the same period in the previous ...

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