Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Museum and Archives
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Shetland Museum and Archives is located on Hay's Dock, which was restored during the building of this award winning visitor attraction. Discover the islands' many secrets through the exhibits and displays. Also be sure to visit Da Gadderie, the museum's temporary exhibition area which hosts a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Marianne C
    5 contributions
    Shetland Museum Trip
    The museum was excellent at presenting the history of the area from a geological and cultural point of view. There was so much information and so many historical artifacts. The staff was great and so friendly and welcoming. It was a great experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Roger F
    49 contributions
    Time well spent....on a very stormy day, but worth it any day.
    I initially made the error of mistaking the theatre/cinema for the museum entrance...but was redirected. A very, very well presented and informative museum, outlining just about everything about Shetland from the year dot. I spent almost three hours here. If you have the time, visit here at the start of your visit rather than the end, to get a true 'feel' of Shetland history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • jbkansas
    Lawrence, Kansas45 contributions
    Exceptional museum of Shetland
    Our first day in Lerwick was the rainiest day we had in Shetland, so we ran to the museum! What a great visit we had there, with a small cafe and lots of local history that gave us a greater appreciation for the history and life here. I particularly loved the photo exhibit of the fisher women on display. I would highly recommend this museum and a walk around the harbor when visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Barry and Nicol... G
    Reading, United Kingdom1,075 contributions
    A must see museum.
    Its well worth visiting the Shetland Museum to get a view of how it was and how it is to live and work in Shetland. A lot of history to absorb. So much to see on the 2 floors and its free. Free car park across the road.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Elizabeth S
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom61 contributions
    A comprehensive museum
    We visited the museum on our first day in Shetland, and it was really useful to get a good overview at that stage of the geology, geography and history of Shetland. We also got ideas for different places to go. The museum is packed with really good displays and an interesting range of objects. I found the history of the knitting industry particularly interesting. We can thoroughly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Debbie G
    Guiseley, United Kingdom165 contributions
    Fascinating
    This is a fantastic local museum full to bursting with information and artefacts relating to Shetland life. And there's no entrance fee! We had two visits just to make sure that we'd seen everything that we wanted to. It's especially good for a visit on a less than sunny day. The staff are great too
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Marie P
    Crete, Greece15 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    A wonderfully curated local museum. Geology of this world geo site excellent, lifestyles from stone age till present imaginatively presented. The Hays dock boats and voice guides are very clever. Very worthwhile.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • wales65
    Liverpool, United Kingdom181 contributions
    World ranking museum
    We have been to many museums around the World ,from major cities to quirky out of the way places and this has to rank as one of the best we’ve been to. It covers every aspect of Shetland and is thoughtfully presented. We actually went twice to make sure we covered everything.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
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Kenny F
stromness29 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The museum was fantastic great displays and knowledgeable staff, went for a cuppa at their upstairs cafes that was a real letdown, it was grossly overpriced and my tea was upmarket dishwater, come on up your game and put someone to run the cafe properly.
Written 4 February 2024
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wales65
Liverpool, UK181 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have been to many museums around the World ,from major cities to quirky out of the way places and this has to rank as one of the best we’ve been to.
It covers every aspect of Shetland and is thoughtfully presented. We actually went twice to make sure we covered everything.
Written 26 November 2023
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Mary P
Dunfermline, UK54 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Exceptionally well curated to demonstrate Shetland's geology, history, crafts and industry. Lovely location on Hays Dock near Mareel. Little boats harboured there are a unique feature, as is the sound system of voices relating stories linked to them. Definitely a must in Lerwick.
Written 5 October 2023
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Hilary D
Fredericton, Canada5 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The museum was very interesting. The displays and write ups very informative. It gives a wonderful history of Shetland life and people.
Written 2 October 2023
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Marie P
Crete, Greece15 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
A wonderfully curated local museum. Geology of this world geo site excellent, lifestyles from stone age till present imaginatively presented. The Hays dock boats and voice guides are very clever. Very worthwhile.
Written 18 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Debbie G
Guiseley, UK165 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a fantastic local museum full to bursting with information and artefacts relating to Shetland life. And there's no entrance fee! We had two visits just to make sure that we'd seen everything that we wanted to. It's especially good for a visit on a less than sunny day. The staff are great too
Written 12 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elizabeth S
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK61 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited the museum on our first day in Shetland, and it was really useful to get a good overview at that stage of the geology, geography and history of Shetland. We also got ideas for different places to go. The museum is packed with really good displays and an interesting range of objects. I found the history of the knitting industry particularly interesting. We can thoroughly recommend.
Written 11 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Barry and Nicol... G
Reading, UK1,075 contributions
Aug 2023
Its well worth visiting the Shetland Museum to get a view of how it was and how it is to live and work in Shetland. A lot of history to absorb. So much to see on the 2 floors and its free. Free car park across the road.
Written 27 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands513 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
A fantastically curated and thoughtfully presented (free) museum in a modern building covering Shetland from it's geological formation to the present day oil industries - and everything in-between. Well laid-out with lots of artefacts and written detail.

A must if you have 2-hours to kill in Lerwick on a rainy (or sunny) day!
Written 27 August 2023
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Tamsin
Cedar Rapids, IA3 contributions
Aug 2023
This was an excellent museum, I loved learning about the history and the lacework knitting was exquisite. Fun facts shared and interactive items too. my husband and I were fascinated.
Written 25 August 2023
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