Museums & Visitor Centres

Shetland has an extremely rich and diverse cultural heritage. This is something which Shetlanders, both native and adopted, are immensely proud of.

Old Haa Museum enlarge Old Haa Museum Our fascination for cultural and natural heritage is apparent in the extensive network of local history groups, visitor centres and community museums which exist throughout Shetland, and the rich collections of treasures - musical, written, objects and photographs which they hold.

Visiting the various museums and visitor centres in the network will allow the visitor to investigate almost every aspect of Shetland's heritage. In particular they offer an insight into the detailed history of small communities that cannot be matched in larger facilities which cover larger areas.

The volunteers who run the majority of these establishments have, in many cases, lived in the area for many years and are able to add significantly to the information on display by local knowledge, personal reminiscence and family anecdotes.

This network, driven by its enthusiastic volunteers and supported financially by Shetland Amenity Trust, is an extremely valuable resource, which is actively engaged in preserving the past and recording the present for future generations.

Additional information on these invaluable sources of local knowledge can be found at the following websites:

Shetland Museum and Archives

Shetland Heritage Association

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