Shetland Museum

Shetland Museum information

Lerwick , United Kingdom
Street Hay's Dock
+44 1595 695057
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admission free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This modern museum is an impressive recollection of 5000 years’ worth of culture, people and their interaction with this ancient landscape. Comprehensive but never dull, the display covers everything from the archipelago’s geology to its fishing industry, via a great section on local mythology – find out about the scary nyuggles (ghostly horses), or use the patented machine for detecting trows (fairies). Pictish carvings and replica jewellery are among the finest pieces here; the museum also includes a working lighthouse mechanism, small art gallery, and a boat-building workshop, where you can watch carpenters restoring and re-creating traditional Shetland fishing vessels. There's also an archive here for tracing your Shetland ancestry.