Shetland Museum and Archives

Site Overview

The starting point for anyone interested in Shetland's Viking history

Shetland Museum and Archives has many artefacts, documents and events relating to Shetland's Viking history.

It is the repository for many of the objects found both by chance and during excavation in Shetland. The collection includes the finds from the Viking Unst excavations, and from Papa Stour and Catpund, Cunningsburgh.

The museum's displays focus on everyday life in Viking Shetland and exhibits include the tortoise brooch (presumably one of a pair) from the excavation of a disturbed boat burial known as the Giants Grave, on the island of Fetlar, and a large silver thistle brooch from Gulberwick.

The Archives holds a collection of documents, maps and printed works relating to Shetland’s Viking history, archaeology and place names.

A lifelong learning programme offers a number of talks and workshops for schoolchildren.

Visitor Information
Season - Months Open
Summer: 1 May-30 September
Winter: 1 October-28 April
Opening Hours - Days and Times
Summer: Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 12.00 to 17.00
Winter: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 16.00
Free, donations welcome
Charges for events
Key Attractions
  • Artefacts
  • Other
Contact Details

Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WP


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