We look forward to welcoming you back to the Scalloway Museum. We now have a telephone booking system to limit visitor numbers to 30 in the building at any one time. Please phone 01595 880 734 during opening hours to book a slot for a 1 hour visit. Your group can be up to 10 people from a total of 4 separate households. Contact details required for NHS track and trace register, retained for 21 days.
Please arrive on or just before your visit time, check in at the front desk and wear a face mask throughout your visit (unless medically exempt). Hand sanitiser points are located throughout and we request that you use these as you progress through the museum following our one way system. Please also observe social distancing when visiting. We have one toilet available (disabled facilities).
Due to Covid restrictions the children’s play area and wheelhouse are closed off but we now have a new outside display area at the north end of the building with Shetland model boats, fishing artefacts and history panels.
We are able to offer takeaway hot/cold drinks at the end of your visit which must be consumed outside – we have benches and a picnic table at the front of the museum.
Please do not visit if you have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or have been feeling unwell during the previous 7 days.
If you are unable to attend, please phone and let us know so that we can allocate your slot to other visitors.
Thank you –we hope you enjoy your visit
History of the Scalloway Museum
Scalloway’s first museum was opened in 1985 by the Scalloway History Group and it ran successfully for 20 years. One of its main themes was ‘The Shetland Bus’ – the nickname given to a clandestine and dangerous operation carried out across the North Sea between Shetland and occupied Norway during World War 2.
In 2001 the Shetland Bus Friendship Society (SBFS) was formed to establish a memorial to the 44 men who died in the Shetland Bus missions. The memorial was unveiled in 2003. Go to 'The Shetland Bus' page for more details about the memorial and the names of the 44 men who died.
By then, the original museum had outgrown its old premises on Main Street, and so the Society instigated a six-year project to fund and create the current museum in larger premises adjacent to the castle.
The new museum was opened in 2012 by the Prime Minister of Norway and has proved a very popular attraction for visitors from all over the world. It is community-owned and run by the SBFS. It is staffed by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of volunteers.
The Scalloway Story
Our museum tells the story of Scalloway and its people from the earliest settlers right up to Scalloway's position in the present day. To learn more about Scalloway's history and our exhibits go to the ‘About Scalloway’ section of the menus above.
The Shetland Bus
Perhaps the jewel in the crown of the museum's displays is the section dealing with the clandestine wartime operation which became known as the 'Shetland Bus'. This section of the museum houses the most extensive collection of artefacts and information on the these operations to be found outside Norway. An introduction to this story is in 'The Shetland Bus' page of this site.