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Shetland Museum and Archives

Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
+44 1595 695057
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Well Thought Out Museum

Passing through time to the present in this museum is so interesting. I like the ancient exhibits... read more

Reviewed today
Jo D
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Good museum, well laid out

We visited this free museum on a day when Shetland was experiencing high winds, so wanted to stay... read more

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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 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
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Reviewed today via mobile

Passing through time to the present in this museum is so interesting. I like the ancient exhibits as well as all the knitted items and the boats too. Something for everyone. And it was quite a treat to get so close to Hans Holbein the...More

Thank Jo D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this free museum on a day when Shetland was experiencing high winds, so wanted to stay local to Lerwick. We expected to only stay an hour but ended up staying for three as the exhibits are very informative and interesting. Shows Shetland throughout...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We learned and saw a lot about the history of the Shetlands. We were very impressed by the thoughtfulness and quality of the exhibits.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautifully set out local museum with loads of information. Very helpful staff. Do not miss the boat hall. Round off with a bowl of Cullen Skink for lunch in the restaurant upstairs.

Thank GAMcF
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Insight into some of shetlands unique history , beautiful building nice cafe attatched small gift shop

Thank Emma W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is one of the best laid out museums I have ever visited! Takes the visitor from when the Shetland Islands were formed to current times. Everything is well presented. Must see attraction!

Thank spikenails
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for a good look through shetland history. Good exibits and interactive stuff. If your hungery the eatery is worth a visit.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Having read three excellent reviews of this place I really don't know what else to add except perhaps that I was overwhelmed with downstairs which I felt was the 'old' Shetland and once upstairs it's Wow this is these beautiful islands today. So much to...More

Thank Jay63
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We left this until the end of our trip but so glad we didn't miss it. There are so many things to do in Shetland but this should be an essential inclusion in any visit. The well researched and presented material explains so much about...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is well worth a visit. Well laid out and there is loads too see. Give at least an hour due to the amount of information. Free to get in

Thank EdinburghChaz
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susanmaguire
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Near the dock and across from the bus station
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