Bernera Museum

Bernera Historical Society

Bernera Historical Society was founded in 1991 and is based in Bernera Community Centre, where the registered museum is located. It covers the island of Bernera including the settlements of Barraglom, Bosta, Breaclate, Haclete, Kirkibost, Tobson, and Tir Mor. The Society also operates the reconstructed Iron Age house at Bosta beach.

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Refer to the website of Bernera Museum for seasonal updates on opening times.

Admission: Adults £2.00, children under 14 free.

Website of Bernera Museum


Bernera Museum
Community Centre


01851 612331


Bernera Historical Society was founded in 1991 and is based in Bernera Community Centre. The Society runs a registered museum which incorporates displays and interpretation on topics relating to the island of Great Bernera. 

The collection comprises approximately 500 artefacts which illustrate the domestic, economic, cultural and religious life of Bernera district. Its strengths lie mainly in the fields of domestic, social life, fishing and the sea. There is also a large collection of genealogical and croft reference material available for research.

The Society also manages an experimental reconstruction of an Iron Age House close to the original dig at Bosta Beach. A guide welcomes visitors to the house and explains why and how it was built, as well as how the people may have lived there during the 8th century.


As a founder member of Hebridean Connections, much of the society’s genealogical data, archive material and artefacts have been digitised and are available via this community digital archive. The museum tells of important events and places in the history of Bernera through a mix of story boards and objects.

  • Oral history recordings
  • George Macleod’s original book on fishing, Seoras Chaluim Sheorais
  • Bardachd
  • Thule shop ledger
  • Photographs
  • Village genealogies and croft histories
  • Carved bone objects from excavations at Bosta Iron Age village
  • Stone carved ball
  • Fishing related items
  • Ship models
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