Scalloway Museum

Scalloway Museum
Castle Street
Scalloway
Shetland
Shetland Islands
 ZE1 0TP
Scotland

Website

Scalloway Museum is owned by a charity, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society, and run by volunteers. The charity instated a memorial (unveiled in 2003) to those who served and died in Shetland Bus operations during World War II. The Shetland Bus was the name given to clandestine operations to and from occupied Norway during the war. The full story of the memorial and the Shetland Bus are told in the Scalloway at War section of this museum. Scalloway had a small museum previously and moved to its current site (a disused knitwear factory) in 2011. The Museum has exhibits covering Ancient Scalloway, The Boom Years, Time of War and Scalloway’s People. The Scalloway Museum is adjacent to the Scalloway Castle.

www.scallowaymuseum.org

E-mail

curator@scallowaymuseum.org

Telephone

01595 880734

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Scalloway was once the capital of Shetland but in later years has been a prosperous fishing port. Fishing features in the museum, yet the unique story concerns “The Shetland Bus”. In the Second World War there was a renewal of old contacts with Norway, and a small fleet of fishing boats ran a shuttle service taking refugees out and taking arms and freedom fighters in - the 'Shetland Bus Operation'. The Scalloway Museum tells the part Shetland played in WW2 through photographs, artefacts and interpretive panels.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Castle or defences, Association or society

Opening hours

Open 11 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
2 pm to 4 pm, Sundays
Open from mid-April until mid-October

Admission charges

£3 admission fee for all adults (season ticket issued which gives access all year)
£1 for children under 16
Free for children under 6

Getting there

Turn left at the first roundabout as you enter Scalloway. The Museum is situated at the end of Castle Street next to the Castle.

Additional info

Disabled access and toilets (wheelchair available)
Children's Play Area
Café serving hot and cold drinks and cakes, biscuits, etc

Collection details

Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Shetland Bus Operation

Getting there

Turn left at the first roundabout as you enter Scalloway. The Museum is situated at the end of Castle Street next to the Castle.

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