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.


From late April until the end of September,
The Old Haa is open:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
The Garden is open all year round

FREE ADMISSION but donations are always very welcome.

  •  Telephone: 01957 722 339



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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The shop houses a huge range of souvenirs and locally produced goods.

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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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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.


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**** Museum now
**** Museum now
We now have 4 star museum status after inspection by Visit Scotland. This shows how much work our trustees and, especially, Nita put into the day to day workings of the Old Haa. We are constantly striving to improve and this award makes it all worthwhile.
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  • 16 OCTOBER 2019
Closed for the season now
We are now closed for the winter and open for 2020 on Sunday 19th April. Hope to see lots of you then.
  • 08 OCTOBER 2019
Yell Oo - Our Wool week is running for 3 weeks! Last exhibition of this year.
Yell Oo - Our Wool week is running for 3 weeks! Last exhibition of this year.
All things woolly and from Yell. A great variety of items on display including a bedroom showing off our taatit rugs. Many items for sale. Details of demo day and Carol Christiansen's "Taat chat" can be seen on the poster in this blog..
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  • 17 SEPTEMBER 2019