THE OLD HAA MUSEUM

The Old Haa is a museum, garden and tearoom in the island of Yell in Shetland. Hosting a collection of historic objects, and an archive alongside a programme of contemporary arts and crafts exhibitions, the museum is free and open to all.

OPENING HOURS  - Open from 3rd April until 2nd October.  

The Old Haa is open:
  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing

The Garden is open all year round

FREE ADMISSION but donations are always very welcome via collection boxes or our "Donate" page

  •  FREE WIFI
  •  Telephone: 01957 722 339

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THE TEAROOM

By a lovely old fireplace adorned with creusie lamps and old fashioned fire irons, you can sit and enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee in relaxed surroundings. There is a good choice of home baked cakes, locally known as fancies, which are freshly made by the Museum Assistant.

Staff on duty can be a great source of information relating to many of the displays in the Old Haa, and they will spend time with you should you want to know more about the Old Haa and what is on offer.

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SHOP

SHOP

The shop is now housed within the original cafe area and still displays a range of souvenirs and locally produced goods.  The room that was the shop now contains extra seating to aid with social distancing and gives a view of the wonderful garden

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Accessibility

Although there is limited disabled access to the Old Haa due to the nature of the old building, the garden is easily accessed via the side of the museum. If you have specific accessibility needs please do contact the Old Haa to discuss them prior to your visit.

  • Contact: The Museum Assistant
  • Contact Number: 01957 722 339
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THE GARDEN

This lovely, sheltered space has been carefully landscaped and tended over the years and is now a well-established, walled haven of peace and beauty. It can be enjoyed from the seating area or the walkways There are picnic tables where you are welcome to enjoy your coffee or your picnic lunch.

The garden has been chosen to site the Inuksuit Statues which were built as part of a geology project with local children from the Burravoe Primary School, and led by local artist, Mike McDonnell.

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Scottish Field

The Old Haa contains a wealth of fascinating information about the history of life on Yell, a lovely garden and a coffee shop from Lord Lamont’s “Ten Things to Visit in Shetland".

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Northlink Ferries

The Old Haa was quite amazing, packed with historical artefacts, natural history, and items relating to important events on Yell. As well as being a fascinating museum that we could have spent hours in, there is also a tearoom, gallery and shop within the Old Haa, and we received a wonderful welcome from the custodian. The homebakes at the Old Haa are fantastic, and we enjoyed eating these whilst exploring the lovely garden outside. Also outside in the garden there is a display of rock sculptures (which serves as a great way to become familiar with the unique geology of the island), a memorial to Yell naturalist Bobby Tulloch, and the propeller from a Catalina aircraft which crashed nearby in 1942.

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Visitor from Yell

Brilliant as always.

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Visitor from Whalsay

Loved it. Great history and excellent hospitality.

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Visitor from Dublin

Love the place - fantastic collection of historical data.

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Visitor from Australia

Excellent museum. One of the best. Lovely garden.

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Visitor from Germany

Enjoyed the tea, the talks and the museum.

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Promote Shetland

The Old Haa museum and heritage centre at Burravoe is one of the best of its kind. A fascinating permanent exhibition on the history and folklore of Yell is complemented by annual displays on different local themes, a gallery showing the work of local professional and amateur artists, a craft shop and a home-bakes café in the style of a traditional croft house interior.

Events and Venue Hire

Events such as weddings can be held at the Old Haa out-with normal opening hours, either indoors or in the garden, which can provide a stunning setting for wedding photographs.

The Old Haa is also available for public performances and workshops, and occasional musical events have taken place with prior arrangement.

Bus tours from near and far are able to visit the Old Haa, although advance notice is required.

The Old Haa is also involved in Shetland Wool Week, an event which is growing in popularity worldwide.

ALL EVENTS

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Inspired by the Sea and the Sky by Lisa's Leatherworks + Place and Faces by Peter McLeod
Inspired by the Sea and the Sky by Lisa's Leatherworks + Place and Faces by Peter McLeod
Lisa's work fills the cabinets and Peter's adorns the walls. Lisa's use of leather, in wonderful colours, to create these amazing items is outstanding. Peter's work too is amazing. The famous faces are instantly recognisable and the scenes are incredible.
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  • 19 MAY 2022
Coloured Pencil Fine Arts Drawings by John Birnie is our second exhibition of 2022. Runs until 15th May
Coloured Pencil Fine Arts Drawings by John Birnie is our second exhibition of 2022. Runs until 15th May
John's fantastic drawings are inspired by the scenery and wildlife that he finds all around Shetland. They are drawn using colour pencils on art paper especially suited to coloured pencil work.
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  • 27 APRIL 2022
Fragments by Rowan Ormiston is our first exhibition of 2022. A great start. Runs from 3rd to 24th April
Fragments by Rowan Ormiston is our first exhibition of 2022. A great start. Runs from 3rd to 24th April
A description in her own words - Fragments is an exploration into the physical discovery of stories and narratives. Fragments is a discovery of things lost and found and looks to honour that which has been left behind.
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