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The Orkney Museum

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
01856-873191
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.
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Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Small, interesting museum. No charge so its easy to pop in while waiting for a bus, this is what we did with 40 mins to spare and it turned out to be a great decision.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

A labyrinth of rooms takes you on a journey from Stone Age times to the present. It's free entry with plenty to see. Well worth a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A cosy and twee museum that displays both exhibition on Orkney geography and geology as well as the history behind the island. Free and some interactive things for children.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a must-see attraction - covering geology, history, arts and crafts, and containing infinitely valuable artefacts from Orkney's 5000+ years' archaeological treasure trove. The relationship with Nordic countries is explained and the international significance of the area is outlined.

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traveling cat
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242 reviews 242 reviews
141 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

has some excellent history of Orkney and why there are so many ruins of different eras and ages and peoples. don't really like museums but this one was lovely

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South West Scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There is lots and lots of interesting things and information in this free museum however it seems to be stuck in a time warp. There are lots of glass cases and very little that could be called interactive. I think adults would find this far more interesting than children would which is a pity because there is so much that... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Rather surprised...unassuming building/entry...goes on and on--flowing thru the history of the region in a logical fashion. Loads of info and well preserved artifacts. I really liked this place. GOOD hands on activities for younger kids to be entertained within eyesight/same room while you enjoy the history/museum (thank you!!). There were binders and such for people who are into research and... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Although a fairly small museum, there is quite a lot see as you make your way around the various rooms. It is well worth calling I however long your stay in Kirkwall as you can spend quite a lot of time viewing the artefacts and reading the interpretive information or you can speed around picking out the most important or... More

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Rosemarkie, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Some people like wandering around dusty glass encased exhibits. I hate it. Old fashioned and stuck in the last century.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Could have spent hours in this museum - really extensive displays ranging from Neolithic to the present day, great collections of artefacts, art, curios, all with good explanations and information boards. Really large museum, but not too big and all for free! Please leave a donation if you can afford to :-)

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