Local community museum telling the history of and displaying items of interest to Great Bernera, and the Bosta Iron Age House just 3 miles north at the beautiful beach of Bosta on Great Bernera.
Due to Covid19 the Museum and Iron Age House remain closed for the foreseeable future (as of January 2021). If we are able to comply with Social Distancing, Ventilation and Hygiene requirements and Scottish Government restrictions we may open later in 2021 however that is not a certainty as we need to ensure the safety of our visitors and community.
This small community museum, run by volunteers as a charity is fully accredited, tells the story of Great Bernera with displays of historical interest and information boards covering such things as the first pre-stressed concrete bridge in the world, the Bernera Riots and Bosta village in the Iron Age and when the crofts were abandoned in 1878.
There is also a large collection of genealogical and croft reference material available for research and as part of the Ancestral Welcome Scheme we look forward to meeting people looking for information on relatives from Great Bernera.
Artefacts from the Bosta Iron Age Village dig are on display and the Bernera Historical Society also operate an experimental reconstruction of an Iron Age House close to the original dig at Bosta Beach.
Bernera has many historical sites include lobster ponds, a Norse Mill, an island Dun (Broch), Shielings and croft ruins as well as a cairn to the Bernera Rioters. Details of these are available at the museum. There are three way-marked walks on Bernera which take in many of the historical sites of the island.
The Museum is also part of the Visit Scotland VIP scheme.