Scalloway Museum is owned by a charity, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society (SBFS), and run by volunteers. The charity was formed in 2001, to instate a memorial to those who served and died in Shetland Bus operations during World War II.  The memorial was unveiled in 2003. The group continued, and went on to achieve the museum you see before you today.

The Shetland Bus was the name given to clandestine operations to and from occupied Norway during the war. The full story of the memorial and the Shetland Bus are told in the Scalloway at War section of this museum.

Scalloway had a small museum. SBFS led a group that was formed to find a new larger home for the museum exhibition. This building, a disused knitwear factory, was made available.  In 2006 SBFS became the owner.  Once the building work was complete, the community helped decide content for the displays.

On this Website, we provide a selection of some of the huge range of content (minus the artefacts), contained in each main museum section. 

Please note the website no longer accepts comments on pages. Could you please use the contact page to direct any enquiries. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.  

Visitors to the museum

A group of Swedish visitors enjoy the patio seats. The castle is reflected on the museum exterior. © Billy Moore

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  1. My uncle Gerald is buried in Eigeins cemetery in Stavenger, he was murdered by the SS on Operation Freshman, he was eighteen years old, so I have a family connection with Norway.

    Having read The Shetland Bus and We Die Alone I was very moved by the bravery of the people involved. As a keen sailor I dread to think what it must have been like off the Norwegian coast in a gale in the middle of winter and with the thought that if you were to be caught it would mean certain death in some grotesque manner.

    My wife and I are visiting Shetland in the summer next year so we’re looking forward immensely to seeing the museum and the islands.

  2. Hello. Me and a friend visited Shetland in 2011 in may. The old story tells that I have Norwegian relative, who arrived in Lunna Kirk with the Shetland Bus- we think the name of the boat was Tärnan. He-Henry Mensen- was navigator on the first flight towards Norway, with the Catalina Vingtor, from sq 333. I have been so lucky to meet the only now living man from that crew. He was mechanic and the name is Egil D Johansen, from Sandefjord Norway. He is an old man but with a clear head !

    On our visit we met Mr Douglas Smith in the Lerwick museum, and I visited the old manager of the Shetland museum, living on Castle road close to the new museum in Scalloway. Unfortunatly I miss the name and adress from the Scalloway gentleman, and also the adress for Mr Smith in Lerwick. He lives close to the hospital in Lerwick.
    Do you have the possibility to give me the names and adresses to these fellows.

    I intend to give them a photo and a greeting from Egil D Johansen, and myself to Christmas.

    To make clear I am the spouse of Henry Mensen,s sons wife, who was borne in Dumfries during the 2 nd world war, but he died in 1988. Henry has two daughters living here in Oslo. My interst for this history started when i worked in Faroe Islands in 2006-2008. The old tower in Vagar is now repaired, and I think that I was a little part of the fact that today there is a museum in Midvagur, close to the airport that was built by British people during the war.

    So if you have the possibility, please send me the info. Egil and the two gentlemen on Shetland have had a lot of contact during the years passed. I think they will apreciate a picture and a greeting from Norway.

    We have an intention to visit Shetland Islands with Sullom Woe, Lunna Kirk,Scalloway, Dumfries, Woodhaven in the future.
    Just to come together with the old history.

    If you want I have a few pictures from all these places.

    One strange thing is that we visited the private museum in Vidlin, and who was on the picture we found. Henry Mensen and Egil D Johansen.

    Thank you for taking your time.

    All the Best.

    Sven Helmenius
    Bakkevegen 16
    2040 KLOEFTA
    Oslo Norway

    Looking forward to your reply.

    • Hello Sven,

      I have passed this on to some of the museum volunteers and hopefully will be able to answer your questions in full. All the best. Mark Burgess

  3. My wife and I visited the the Scalloway Museum recently whilst on holiday in Shetland. We live near Kinloch Rannoch in Perthshire. We knew nothing of the Shetland Bus operation and it was interesting to learn about it. Norwegians were trained in the Rannoch area during the war.
    Congratulations on an excellent museum with friendly and helpful staff.
    I particularly enjoyed your geology section.
    Richard Paul


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