BOOKING ESSENTIAL. We are now open to booked groups only - we look forward to welcoming you the Shetland Museum and Archives. Visitors will now be asked to book online or by phone before visiting – as always, entry will be FREE with donations welcome.
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 a 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 visitors 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.
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