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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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Spent a couple of hours here to escape the weather. Lovely local museum with a wealth of displays with lots of useful explanatory information. The WW1 exhibition followed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Spent a couple of hours here to escape the weather. Lovely local museum with a wealth of displays with lots of useful explanatory information. The WW1 exhibition followed the stories of local men and was very moving.

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Historical displays of all periods of Orcadian history with good and clear and informative descriptions. In various rooms there are simple activities for children, such as writing their names in the runic alphabet. A good shop with books, toys etc.

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London
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Entered the Orkney museum with some trepidation given the propensity of some small museums to 'titivate' their rooms with dubiously dressed cast off models . Not so here thank goodness. Artefacts and information, presented clearly and concisely in a series of rooms covering the Neolithic period to the 20th century. A fascinating history of Orcadian development and well worth a... More 

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What an interesting museum full of the history of Orkney's past. When we visited their were a couple of guys from the archaeological centre in the courtyard demonstrating stone polishing and flint knapping which was quite fascinating. They made it look quite easy to use a bow saw until we tried it for ourselves!

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A small exhiibtion set amongst other rooms from pre history to the present day. Local loans of letters , old photos and artifacts combined with explanation of contribution of Orcadians to WW1. A must see fro all history lovers

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Viking archaeology is displayed wonderfully and the museum has a wonderful wealth of treasures to be discovered.

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Scotland
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39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This would be 5 stars but the museum closing for 1 hr for lunch is just so outdated! Why cannot the staff stagger their lunch breaks? Instead we were ordered out of the museum with only 2-3mins notice and told to come back in 1hr. unfortunately due to us catching the ferry later this was not possible. Shame as the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This quaint little museum is worth an hour of your time. There are hidden gems especially the viking display. I enjoyed my time and would recommend it to you.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This museum looks like a house from the outside. However appearances can be deceiving, as inside there is a large amount of artefacts and exhibits spanning Orkney's history. This is free to get into and although small full of character in its own way.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place has it all, rummaging through dozens of higgledy piggledy rooms the ages of Orkney come alive from the Neolithic through the modern day temporary exhibition by print maker Joseph Sloan (who's resonant exhbition ‘Islanders: Orkney and the Arans’ by Joseph Sloan is a series of wood engravings first created as illustrations for the Sanday-born writer W. Towrie Cutt’s... More 

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