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

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Anna MacEgoniuk (2 months ago)
What an amazing museum! Excellent exposition, a little bit not chronological order, but the learning value is irreplaceable! Allow at least 2-3h to read it all.
Samantha Plaisted (SPlai20) (3 months ago)
Excellent museum! Really enjoyed our visit here. Well worth a look!
Akshay Negi (3 months ago)
Nice place with a lot to explore. We spent 1 hr at the end of day and only finished less than half of ground floor I think. If you like to read on detail, give it time.
Emma Boast (3 months ago)
The Museum is absolutely incredible! A must see if your visiting. The archaeological finds and social history of Shetland is just fascinating and the staff are so incredibly helpful. Whilst in Lerwick for the day I also highly recommend a trip out into the bay on the Viking ship to see the seals. Just a beautiful landscape and the Museum taps into this perfectly. You must visit!
Cath Smith (7 months ago)
Very interesting to find out how the Shetland islands became what they are today. They are only open at certain times and days so best to check and also perhaps to book... We didn't know that but luckily it wasn't busy so they let us in. Great and interesting way to spend a few hours.
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