Top Choice Museum in Lerwick

Shetland Museum

This 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 geolog…
Gallery in Weisdale

Bonhoga Gallery

It’s worth dropping into the Bonhoga Gallery in the restored Weisdale Mill. The first purpose-built gallery in the Shetlands, it has monthly, changing exhibitions, and everything – jewellery, crafts and paintings – …
Museum in Scalloway

Scalloway Museum

This enthusiastic modern museum has an excellent display on Scalloway life and history, with prehistoric finds, witch-burnings and local lore all featuring. It has a detailed section on the Shetland Bus and a fun ar…
Museum in Unst

Unst Boat Haven

This large shed is a boatie’s delight, packed with a beautifully cared for collection of Shetland rowing and sailing boats, all with a backstory. Old photos and maritime artefacts speak of the glory days of Unst fis…
Museum in Unst

Unst Heritage Centre

This heritage centre houses a modern museum with a history of the Shetland pony and a re-creation of a croft house.
Museum in Bigton, Boddam & Around

Shetland Crofthouse Museum

At Boddam a side road leads to the Shetland Crofthouse Museum (donations welcomed). The years drop away when you enter as you step back into a primitive existence. Built in 1870, this former dwelling has been restor…
Museum in Yell

Old Haa Museum

This has a medley of curious objects (pipes, piano, doll-in-cradle, tiny bibles, ships in bottles and a sperm-whale jaw) as well as an archive of local history and a tearoom. It's in Burravoe, 4 miles east of the so…
Museum in Sandwick & Around

Hoswick Visitor Centre

Near Sandwick, this has a great collection of old wirelesses (including the daddy of them all – the Murphy-type wireless). There are displays on fishing, whaling, weaving and peat casting, as well as nature photos, …
Museum in Lerwick

Shetland Textile Museum

A mile north of the centre, this foursquare stone house, birthplace of P&O founder Arthur Anderson, was also once a fish-curing station. It now holds a good display on the knitted and woven textiles and patterns…
Museum in Unst

Skidbladner Longship

Unst has the highest concentration of Viking longhouse sites in the country. The Viking Unst project manages three excavation sites, and has as its centrepiece this replica Viking longship. A re-created longhouse is…