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The Orkney Museum

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
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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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Bath, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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Buxton, United Kingdom
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46 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is an interesting building in and of itself. Neolithic to the modern day it covers most if what you need to joke outside of the main sites.

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Seattle, Washington
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170 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This little museum has a nice collection of artifacts and history about the Orkney's, and the Neolithic remnants in the area. It is a small storehouse of local history, and should be on your short-list of places to see in the area.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This museum needs time and you will not be disappointed. Deals with the early settlers to the Islands through to the twentieth century. A gem - and it is free.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

So much to see. Worth return trips to take it all in. Disabled access and wonderful gardens good for a picnic. A definite stop off point in Kirkwall.

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Leuchars, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Absolutely terrific museum within a brilliant building. This is my second visit to the museum and I will come back again. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the past and the history of the islands and its folks. Entralling.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Excellent Museum best in Orkney. Stromness Museum is also excellent but Kirkwall Museum is much larger and is also Free Stromness Museum you have to pay for.

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Leeds UK
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37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What an interesting museum and free to get into. It covers a wide range of interesting facts about Orkney and gave a fascinating insight into life in times past. Well worth a visit and to be recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Orkney's past from the mesolithic to the 20th century - the islands have a lot of past, both mysterious (the small shaped stones from the neolithic) and the amusing (the ba' game, still played).

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Lovely little museum, great place to visit if you have a spare 20 minutes. We found it to be a bit small inside but then it is a historic building. Check out the Orkney chairs, they have a full range!

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