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The Orkney Museum

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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856-873191
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10:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.

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A Good Thing in a Small Package

This FREE museum (10:30 a.m.-17:00 p.m.) is well worth a visit. It is laid out on a timeline of history, starting with the Neolithic Period. Unfortunately, we ran out of time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Coventry, Connecticut

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Coventry, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This FREE museum (10:30 a.m.-17:00 p.m.) is well worth a visit. It is laid out on a timeline of history, starting with the Neolithic Period. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before we got to the World War II exhibit. On a nice day, the gardens out back are lovely. Don't miss the explanation of the steeple-like building there.

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Boston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Interesting history of the Islands combined with current themes. The garden is well worth a visit too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

not as prominent as St Magnus but right vis a vis from it... a small museum with a great many details fromm all over the ages. situated centrally in Kirkwall and admission free it is certainly worth a visit for an hour or more nicely stocked gift shop. disabled access and stairs-lift over all floors.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very interesting, and well worth a visit. You can find it opposite St Magnus cathedral.. Entry is free.

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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lucky just across the road from the cathedral. Kids found this really interesting with lots of history and interactive things for them to do. Closes at 5 so didn't manage to get right round the top floor which was a shame.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Good size to take children. Eclectic and interesting mix of artefacts. Good to visit before going to historic and archeological sites to get some perspective.

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I re-visited the museum with a friend on a recent visit home to Orkney and the museum is fascinating with lots of local interest and artefacts found in Orkney. Brilliant on a dull or damp day. Maybe not very suitable for kids who are used with more interactive places but educational none the less.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

This excellent museum, conveniently located in central Kirkwall, contains a treasure trove of artifacts. It is set up in "timeline" fashion, beginning with the most ancient times, and progressing through to more modern times. There are a lot of amazingly well preserved items on display, actually quite mind boggling when you consider how old they are. There is a large... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is an unassuming museum that happens to have a remarkable collection of artifacts. It seems to have the best collection outside of the large museums in Edinburgh. Well worth a visit to gain understanding and context for the neolithic sites throughout Orkney. The rooms are small, and it can feel cramped if busy, so try to find a time... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Interesting museum which is free to get into and showcases Orkney's ancient and modern history all in one. Great place to absorb information and go have a bite to eat nearby.

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