New museum proves just as popular in its second year

The Shetland Museum and Archives has proved to be as popular in its second year as it was in the first, with visitor figures almost mirroring each other.

Visitor numbers for the first year of opening (June 2007 to May 2008) were 88,799 and for the second year 82,867. This is only a reduction of 6.7 per cent, mainly accounted for by the visitor numbers immediately after the museum was opened.

More than 181,000 visitors have walked through the doors of the building since it opened in June 2007 – a figure that surpasses all expectations.

Shetland Amenity Trust general manager Jimmy Moncrieff: “These visitor figures are fantastic. We were amazed to attract more than four times the population of Shetland in the first year.

“The fact that we have just about maintained this level of visitors in year two is a testament to the work put in by the team at the Museum and Archives.

“The visitor figures also show Shetland Museum and Archives is still the most popular visitor attraction in the isles and one which is at the heart of the community.”


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