Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Museum and Archives
Hay's Dock
Shetland Islands




01595 695057


01595 696729

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External view of the Shetland Museum and Archives
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Set on the waterfront within a restored 19th century dock the Shetland Museum and Archives tells Shetland's story. As well as housing the Museum and Archive collections there is a cafe restaurant, auditorium, learning and research rooms, temporary exhibition space and shop. Other facilities include historic boat building sheds and a three storey boat hall with suspended boats.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 12pm - 5pm

Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sat: 10am - 1pm

Closed: Archives: Sun

Admission charges

Entry free

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Maritime, Music, Personalities, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

'Felsite Stone Age Tools'

  • 2 May — 28 December 2014 *on now

A display of polished axes and knives to coincide with a forthcoming project in partnership with University College Dublin, under the leadership of Professor Gabriel Cooney. In Lower Gallery. Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



'Jock Rattar'

  • 5 July — 28 December 2014 *on now

Lower Gallery. A display highlighting the life and work of Jock Rattar, who was a blacksmith in Foula in the late 20th cenury. This includes items he made and some of his tools and personal effects.Free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

'Breaking the Mould'

  • 20 November 2014 — 20 January 2015 *on now

A 1700 year - old bronze armlet found in Fetlar in 1772 back in Shetland for the first time since its discovery. Foyer display. Museum opening hours, free, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Don McCullin

  • 29 November 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

Shetland Museum & Archives, in partnership with Shetland Arts, will exhibit work by the internationally acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin.

This is the first time these images have been shown as part of ARTIST ROOMS, in a joint exhibition at the Bohoga Gallery and Da Gadderie.