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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Founded: 2007
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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Claire Ridges (29 days ago)
Such an interesting place, I would definitely recommend it. There is a lot of interesting reading at the displays and a lot of visually interesting displays for children or those short of time wanting a speedy overview.
Henry Bengtsson (29 days ago)
Very good start of a visit to Shetland. It gives you the history and inputs on what to see. Jarlshof was added to our list during the visit.
Iain Murray (38 days ago)
Very interesting Museum and lots of history of Shetland on display. Kids like it although it could have a few more interactive or multimedia (visual not audio) things. Only 4 stars as there is no Cafe.
Anne Carle (7 months ago)
Lovely museum telling the history of Shetland. Good displays with very clear interpretation boards. There's also a cafe.
Anna MacEgoniuk (7 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.
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