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The Orkney Museum

Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856-873191
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Ranked #14 of 47 things to do in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent museum. History of the island up to modern times. Well worth a visit. In the town across from the St Magnus Cathedral.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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85 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Orkney Museum is a great little museum to visit when you are in Kirkwall. It has great displays about the 5,000 years of Orkney history. We sat down and looked at some of the scrapbooks in a sitting area which was a pleasant learning experience.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We stopped here for what was supposed to be an enjoyable hour looking at Orkneys past. Yes the museum is in an old house and yes the exhibits are somewhat interesting, especially the Orkney chairs. However we felt ourselves being drawn into a maze with confusing signage. Particularly for the exit. You have to walk all the way back from... More 

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Stroud, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Takes you through all the history of the island very interesting and lots to see. Enjoyed my afternoon there

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Minnesota
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111 reviews 111 reviews
57 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The Orkney Museum is also known as Tankerness House. In fact, I thought that was its official name. It has great displays about the 5,000 years of Orkney history and some Stanley Cursiter (Cursiterhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Cursiter) paintings. A super Cursiter painting can also be seen at the nearby Town Hall. This trip, we actually sat down and looked at some of the... More 

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Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There is a lot of history in Orkney. The museum covers every era from stone age to post-World War. You will need a few hours to see all the exhibits. I would not think small children would keep their interest very long however as it is not hands-on, but older children and adults will be amazed at the amount of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you are interested in museums and around Orkney, you must visit the museum. It's small and covers a very good range of geology and genealogy. Get the Lord's Prayer from the shop, it's written in Orkadian!

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Luanda
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Relatively small museum, but fits a lot in, and has the necessary interactive stuff for adults and kids.

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HARBOR SPRINGS
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A really nice museum and quite a surprise at it's size. It meanders around several floors and rooms with all kinds of historical artifacts from present day back to prehistoric. Very nice! Enjoyed it very much. And some of the exhibits were very interesting like the Pict stones and Viking items.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had an hour to spare before heading back to our ship. Nice enough museum, very much geared towards old Orkney. Even though its free, we felt that it lacked atmosphere and was a bit chaotic and maze like. An ok way to spend 30 minutes looking at the Orkney history.

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