Shetland Museum and Archives

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.

'Shetland's Sunken Treasure'

  • 31 December 2014 — 31 December 2015 *on now

Artefacts salvaged from the wreck of the Drottningen af Swerige, lost in Lerwick Harbour off the Knab in 1745. Museum hours, free, no bookings required, Archives showcase.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Mootie Moose

  • 9 October 2015 1:30-2:30pm
  • 6 November 2015 1:30-2:30pm

Join Mootie Moose to learn about his magical adventures in the Museum. Come along to make great crafts, sing songs and meet new friends.

Friday series

11th September - Victorian Washday
9th October - Creepy Castles
6th November - Lovely Lighthouses

Age: 2.5 - 5 years, must be accompanied by an adult

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


£10.00 for 3 sessions

Shetland Museum and Archives
Hay's Dock
Shetland Islands




01595 695057


01595 696729

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