Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Shetland Islands  /  Mainland  /  Lerwick  /  Museums  /  Shetland Museum and Archives
Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick
(4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Shetland Museum and Archives is a highlight if you are looking to explore Shetland's rich heritage and culture. Enjoy the collection of artifacts, images, and audio recordings, spanning the last 6,000 years from Shetland's geological beginnings through the oil boom of the 1970s. Other things belonged to Shetlanders, or to emigrants from the islands who lived elsewhere, while many objects are unique to Shetland. The gift shop is particularly popular. While you shop, you can peruse handmade Shetland crafts, jewelry, and a vast collection of Shetland literature on all subjects from Picts and Vikings to ponies and folklore. The site sometimes offers special events, such as workshops. Make Shetland Museum and Archives a part of your Lerwick vacation plans using our Lerwick travel itinerary maker.
Create a full Lerwick itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Lerwick

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Lerwick by other users

7 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM SWEDEN July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Lerwick BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United Kingdom, Norway & Canberra BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United Kingdom, Norway & Canberra BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 50 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, outdoors, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BELGIUM December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Shetland Islands BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Scotland BY A USER FROM ITALY July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This museum is great for adults and children wishing to learn more of the history of thse wonderful islands. Situated alongside the old Hays dock. This area can be seen from one of the wonderful webca...  more »
  • Visited this Museum which is in a light and spacious new building overlooking a historic dock. It is full of fantastic objects telling the story of Shetland from geological times to the present day. T...  more »
  • When we arrived it was not open as yet, however there was a conference on & the lady at the desk let us wait inside as it was raining & cold out. When it opened she came over & told us which way to en...  more »
Google
  • A very good place to visit to learn about Shetland and their history, I really like this museum, as they are very thoughtful, they have some interactive feature which help visitor understood more about their history. Must visit.
  • Fantastic museum, great exhibits and nice restaurant
  • Really excellent museum telling the history of the islands in a vivid manner and putting everything into context. The restaurant is also really very good. Well worth a visit.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff and outstandingly well-laid out and displayed artefacts, telling the geological and archeological history of Shetland. I learned so much! Lunch at the Hays Dock restaurant was excellent, too, with an unbeatable view out over the water to Bressay.
  • Small but packed and we'll done. And free. :)