Visit Us

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.

Inside Visit Us

Visit Us

Galleries

The galleries integrate Shetland Museum and Archives collections to tell Shetland’s story in the most complete and accessible way.

Read more
Visit Us

Gift Shop

The Shetland Museum and Archives Gift Shop offers a range of products which are inspired by the Museum and Archive collections, and reflect and celebrate Shetland's unique culture and heritage.

Read more
Visit Us

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.

Read more
Visit Us

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.

Read more
Visit Us

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...

Read more
Visit Us

Archives Searchroom

The Archives searchroom is a comfortable, quiet space which is open to anyone who wishes to find out more about a particular subject, or just browse books, newspapers or records in the collection.

Read more
Visit Us

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.

Read more

Visit Us Blog Posts

Visit Us

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.

Read more
Visit Us

Archaeological Artefacts Return

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

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more
Visit Us

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 ...

Read more
Visit Us

Gold Standard Maintained

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

Read more