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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Helen Blackburn (5 months ago)
Fascinating museum with so much to see and do. Helpful, friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
Danny Cherry (6 months ago)
This is a lovely museum that has so much varied history on the Shetlands. The staff were friendly on reception and also in the cafe, where they do really nice food. Well worth an hour or two here.
Antoni Bald (6 months ago)
Unfortunately didn't manage to go through it all during my short daytrip to Lerwick. The exhibitions are very nicely done, some of them interactive. The staff is helpful, passionate and very knowledgeable about the history of Shetland
Andy Parsons (6 months ago)
Visited why in Lerwick on a free to do day why visiting with local coach company. Very friendly and helpful staff lot of old and memorable itimes from the real old days. Highly recommend a vist but as over two floors I would allow a few hours to check everything out.
Claire Ridges (8 months 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.
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