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Shetland Museum and Archives

Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
+44 1595 695057
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Great museum with lots of history of the island. Definitely worth a visit. The cafe was great as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dawne999
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Interesting museum

Great place to visit. We intended to go on a rainy day but we didn't get a rainy day! The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gwen G
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Llandinam, null, United Kingdom
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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, and take a look in the boat shed where you can see demonstrations of traditional boat building skills. Also be sure to visit Da Gadderie, the museum's temporary exhibition area which hosts a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year.Shetland Museum and Archives is open daily and admission is free.
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great museum with lots of history of the island. Definitely worth a visit. The cafe was great as was the location of museum and very easy to find.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to visit. We intended to go on a rainy day but we didn't get a rainy day! The restaurant also very good - ate there twice. Really engrossing museum - lots to see and to learn.

Thank Gwen G
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum presents the long and rich history of Shetland. It was fascinating to learn the geology, history, archaeology.... The layout was easy to follow except we could not figure out how to get out other than tracing back the exhibits to the entrance. We...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We popped into here on the recommendation of Frank and Stuart from Thule-Charters. we found the Café/restaurant to be particularly nice and also for a pair tea addicts so nice to have a full size pot of tea each. The museum is free to enter...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see in Lerwick. Interesting diverse range of exhibits charting the history of Shetland. Excellent aural presentations combined with historical displays. Free

Thank CaitUK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First impressions are inclined towards licensed "up market" cafe but the service and the food is of genuine restaurant quality and is truly worth a visit. Oh, and the museum is not bad either.

Thank Roy F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum far exceeded our expectations with so much to see and a great variety covering all periods of Shetland history. It was well laid out and had a good range of facilities including an archive section which we didn’t visit as it took so...More

Thank Alastair W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked to the museum after the Celebrity Eclipse docked. About a 15 min. walk. Excellent presentation of the history of the Shetland Islands from pre Viking times to the present. Textiles, fishing, WWI and WWII artifacts as well as boats. Very informative plaques explaining...More

Thank Lesley L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting, informative and ideal if it rains. A very smart museum within a modern building. You'll like it

Thank Trevor C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very detailed, well-explained collection about the islands including Geology, History and Culture. Their gift shop is worth a visit as well!

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susanmaguire
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Near the dock and across from the bus station
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