Shetland Museum And Archives, Lerwick


Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WP

    Set on the waterfront within a restored 19th century dock in Lerwick, this fascinating museum tells the story of Shetland’s heritage and culture.

    The Shetland Museum and Archives chart the development of the archipelago from its earliest geological origins to the present day. Its galleries contain everything from delicate Shetland lace to Pictish art and even the first telephone introduced in the islands in 1883. Visit the renovated Boat Shed to watch vessels being constructed by hand using techniques handed down through generations, and admire completed examples suspended from the ceiling in the three-storey Boat Hall. The museum’s Archive Collections offers wealth of material related to all aspects of Shetland life including books, magazines, Ordnance Survey maps, court records and newspapers. The Heritage Hub provides assistance to visitor interested in further exploring any aspect of Shetland’s culture and past. Other facilities include a café restaurant, an auditorium, study rooms, a temporary exhibition space and shop.

    5 Museum
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Restaurant


    • Public Toilet Facilities


    • Coastal Location
    • Island Location
    • Town Centre
    • Waterfront Location


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- The Shetland Museum and Archives is a ten minute walk from the Tourist Information Centre in Lerwick.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Take the A970 North from Sumburgh Airport, following the signs for Lerwick. Once in Lerwick follow the signs for the Shetland Museum and Archives. This trip should take around 30 minutes.

    Getting there by ferry:- The Shetland Museum and Archives is just one mile from the Lerwick Ferry Terminal.

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    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities


    • There is a lift

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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