Tangwick Haa Museum

Shetland, United Kingdom

Originally built in the late 17th century for the Cheyne family, owners of the Tangwick estate, Tangwick Haa was converted into a local history museum in the late 1980s. The Laird’s Room is furnished as it would have been in the 19th century and is filled a variety of Victorian artefacts while the Reception Room displays agricultural tools and household objects from the period. There are also historical photographs and other exhibits relating to the area’s crafting and fishing industries on display. Upstairs, the main room is usually dedicated to an exhibition on a particular theme. The museum’s Family History section allows visitor to trace their genealogy by consulting parish and census records displayed on microfilm. Members of staff are also on hand to provide further assistance. Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities are available.



Your name


Founded: 17th century
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Richard Fox (8 months ago)
An extraordinary, free to visit, experience at this museum of life on the North Mainland of Shetland. The lovely lady behind the desk was a Shetlander who had lived in the area all her life. Fascinating exhibition housed in a former laird's house. There is a car park and a windy picnic area at the back.
Marc Fosh (8 months ago)
Nice museum , easy parking, picnic garden for good weather . Recommended.
Angus Carpenter (9 months ago)
Do not be fooled / put off from entering by the exterior. What looks from the outside as an uninspiring, uninteresting place is actually a fantastic treasure trove and should be on everyone's to visit list. As soon as you cross the threshold you are transported across the ages as this little museum offer a glimpse into Shetlands rich, cultural history. And do strike up a conversation with the very friendly staff - they have such a wealth of both knowledge and personal stories to tell that is just fabulous to hear. If you do take the time to visit, you will leave knowing so much more about all aspects of life and the culture of Shetland, which will surely enrich your visit to the island. If driving, there is a small car park at the end of the tiny, winding road - so bare with it. Also, do be aware that during the summer season this is a destination for the big cruise liners that visit - try not be there when these coaches arrive. Also, it is free to enter, but please do make sure you have cash to either buy something or donate to the centre. And lastly, give yourself the time to walk down the road to the coastal bay; its only a couple of minutes walk and you'll likely see seals hauled out and highly likely an otter foraging along the shoreline.
Kathleen Mirrlees (11 months ago)
Absolutely amazing beautiful meaningful little museum after seeing inside please take a walk down to the shore ? and it's all free donations only
kevin coughlin (5 years ago)
This small museum is not to be missed. We found it on the way back from Eshaness lighthouse on Shetland Island, UK. It is full of pictures and artifacts from the area back in the heyday of the herring fishing boom. There are plenty of items donated by the locals from their grand parents. Lots of fishing photos and items used for fishing There are also clothes and a beautiful hand made silk wedding dress from the period. There was a picture on the wall of a Croft house down by the shore with 12 fishing boats pulled up on the shore unloading their catch. We drove to the end of the highway and that house is still standing on the shore. Yes the highway just ends and we climbed over the fence at the designated place and walked down to the shore...dodging the sheep poop. I'm not describing the museum very well but I was fascinated with everything inside. The woman that works there was so nice and friendly. I would recommend this to everyone that is within an hours ride to go there.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Trencín Castle

Trenčín Castle is relatively large renovated castle, towering on a steep limestone cliff directly above the city of Trenčín. It is a dominant feature not only of Trenčín, but also of the entire Považie region. The castle is a national monument.

History of the castle cliff dates back to the Roman Empire, what is proved by the inscription on the castle cliff proclaiming the victory of Roman legion against Germans in the year 179.

Today’s castle was probably built on the hill-fort. The first proven building on the hill was the Great Moravian rotunda from the 9th century and later there was a stone residential tower, which served to protect the Kingdom of Hungary and the western border. In the late 13th century the castle became a property of Palatine Matúš Csák, who became Mr. of Váh and Tatras.

Matúš Csák of Trenčín built a tower, still known as Matthew’s, which is a dominant determinant of the whole building.