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Located at the Böd of Gremista, just outside Lerwick, the Shetland Textile Museum is a community museum, with uniquely in the UK a single focus on Shetland historical and contemporary textiles, especially knitting. 

It has been a registered Scottish charity, SC026905, since 1997 and is an Accredited Museum of Museums Galleries Scotland.

Alongside the Museum we run a programme of annual exhibitions, events and demonstrations.

You can learn more about the Collection, our history and the Böd throughout our website.

There is plenty of free parking available on site.

The historic nature of the Böd confines wheelchair access to the ground floor.

There are no public toilet facilities.

There is no public transport directly to the Museum, but there is a bus-stop on the main road, a few hundred yards away, where the various buses for the North Mainland will stop. The Town bus service goes to Shetland College during term time, and this is just beyond the museum – check timetables. The Museum is 1.7 miles/ 2.7km from the Town Centre, and 0.6 miles/1 km from the Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal, and is easy walking on pavements. Taxis run from the Town Centre, approx. cost £6.00, or can be booked by telephone. There is ample parking at the Museum.

Entry is £3 per person, £5 for a season ticket, under 16s free.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, queries or would like to book your visit.

Opening Times

We are now open until Saturday 7th October 2023, do come along and see our exhibition and of course browse in our wonderful shop.

Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00 – 4pm

We are still taking bookings for 2023 Tour Groups.

Groups of up to 20 are welcome, but must be pre-booked. Larger groups must be split into smaller parties. Visits outside normal opening hours can be arranged.

Our new exhibition is Machine Knitting or hand-frame knitting as it is also known. We think you will be surprised at the quality of the finished garments.

We also have an exhibition of work by the late Bella Tait and weaving and a taatit rug in our Loom Room.

After 3 years of isolation the Muckle Gravit [big scarf] has made a welcome return, do come along and add a few rows.

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