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.



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Founded: 17th century
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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Christine (2 years ago)
Excellent museum of Shetland history and the Cheyne family. Also census and other records available in this lovely, quiet and remote spot of Eshaness. Staffed by very friendly, helpful volunteers. Well worth a visit.
Bob McAndrew (2 years ago)
Go in if you are passing.. good resource for Shetland family history
Gordon Keith (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit. If you request a cup of tea the staff will make you one. There is also toilet facilities available. Local history very well captured. There is hand knit fair Isle hats, skarfs, gloves for sale as well.
pete vines (2 years ago)
Very focused on localised exhibits, many connected with the personal histories of the population
Douglas Young (2 years ago)
Situated on the remote, stunning landscape of Eshaness (head for Hillswick) the museum, run by volunteers, is situated in an old Haa. The house is filled with interesting exhibits in an informal manner, over two floors. One visit is not enough. Run by helpful, welcoming volunteers admission is free but donations can be made. Car parking and spotless toilets available. Disabled access to ground floor. Open every day from 11 - 5 in summer season (17 April - 30 Sept)
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