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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Lewis Matthews (42 days ago)
Really interesting collection and exhibition. Staff were really friendly and helpful on the way in, helping ensure that social distancing worked well. Had an hour to look round which was about the right amount of time, though could happily have taken a bit longer. I went to kill an hour or so before work and would definitely recommend it for any visitors to the island.
L C (Lynz) (8 months ago)
Even in Covid times the museum is doing a great job in keeping open. Great time going round with kids. Interactive displays are reasonably disabled but there are links to videos you can see on your phone.
L C (Lynz) (8 months ago)
Even in Covid times the museum is doing a great job in keeping open. Great time going round with kids. Interactive displays are reasonably disabled but there are links to videos you can see on your phone.
Edith Plays (8 months ago)
Best museum I have visited! Staff is excellent too.
Edith Feiff (8 months ago)
Best museum I have visited! Staff is excellent too.
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