This exhibition provides the background to Shetland's bizarre, annual Viking fire festival, with photos and videos documenting the...
Built in 1781, this occupies the site of an earlier fortification built in 1665 to protect the harbour from the Dutch navy. The...
The upstairs cafe-restaurant in the Shetland Museum sports a wall of picture windows and a fairweather balcony that overlooks the...
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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.