Shetland Museum and Archives

Hay’s Dock, Lerwick
Tel: 01595 695057
Opening Times:

Museum Open: Winter openings Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm.

Summer openings Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Archives Open: Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm, closed Sat-Sun.

Prices: Donations Welcome


The award winning Shetland Museum and Archives, situated in the historic Hay’s Dock is your starting point to Shetland’s unique heritage. You can discover the Shetland story through the Museum, Archives, children and adult learning events, auditorium and relax in Hay’s Dock Café and Restaurant.

The Museum is an unmissable package in discovering Shetland’s story. The unique layout of the two main galleries takes visitors thorough a maze of Shetland’s archaeology and history, displaying over 3000 pieces, climaxing in a dynamic three-storey Boat Hall.  Hands on learning make the visit fun for all ages. Regular films are shown in the Auditorium, which is also used for lecturesand private events.  Art, craft and artefacts can be viewed in Da Gadderie’s regular Exhibitions.

The Archives large collection ranges from the 1500’s to the present day, covering every aspect of Shetland’s story through papers, maps, plans, newspapers, journals, oral history, books, music, records and a fantastic collection of photographs. The research room is comfortable and accommodates up to 20 people.

The day can be completed enjoying Shetland influenced foods, using the best local ingredients at Hay’s Dock Café Restaurant, which is situated with panoramic views of the Lerwick Harbour.

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Shetland Boat Week 2017, will be held from 7th - 13th of August. 

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Shetland Wool Week 2017, Saturday 23rd Sept - Sun 1st Oct.


See the events calendar for information on upcoming events in the area.


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