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The Orkney Museum

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 7 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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Saline, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I didn't expect a small museum to have such wonderful artifacts. I greatly enjoyed the exhibits - I particularly enjoyed those about the early inhabitants of Orkney.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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309 reviews 309 reviews
162 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This museum would be good to visit at the start of a trip to Orkney - as a way of getting an over view of local history. Has some nice exhibits and lots of interesting information. Covers 5000 years of local history !

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Orlando, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Great museum showcasing Orkney's history.Good way to spend an hour looking at Viking history and more. A bt of a maze, but very enjoyable.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Fascinating information in the Museum, but because it is housed in a very old building, it is a rabbit warren. We lost one another for quite some time during our visit, so do not loose track of your family!!

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North Yorkshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum is deceiving in size, there is a lot to see and is well laid out, unfortunately there are many stairs to climb to see all on exhibition but that is because of the nature of the premises.It took us longer than expected to go round and is certainly worth a visit especially on a wet day or even... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Musuem in general is good but they are currently showing an exhibit of Orkney in 1914. This was really interesting and contained lots of local newspaper clippings as well as photographs and other items. They also had a lot of local advertisements that appeared in newspapers around the time. Well worth a visit if you're visiting Kirkwall.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We dived in here out of the rain and were very pleased we did - lots of fascinating things to see, a well spent couple of hours - and the rest!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

very informative well laid out displays.lots to see.it was really nice to learn about the Orkney history

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
69 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum is opposite the Cathedral, so very easy to find. The museum used to be a family home & became a museum in 1968. It is now an A-listed building. The library & drawing room show how the house would have looked when it was a family home. The exhibits date back from 4000 BC. The old house which... More

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This museum is full of wonderful and interesting things to see. It covers Orkney history from the beginning of time - well it seems to anyway.

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