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The Orkney Museum

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
01856-873191
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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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Dalgety Bay, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Covering three floors with disabled access at all levels this Museum covers the history of the Orkneys from Neolithic to the present day. Well presented.

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Hawarden, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very well laid out, with clear and concise information boards. It was refreshing to see finds from the dig at Ness displayed in the local museum! There were also plenty of supplementary information folders available. I was very impressed by the quality of activities provided for children.

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Sacramento, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Tells the history of orkney for the last 5,000 years. Provides a good knowledge base before you go visit other sites. Free.

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Arbroath, Scotland, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The small museum in Broad Street is very well stocked with a range of items ranging over the centuries to demonstrate the depth of Orcadian history and culture.

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Saline, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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311 reviews 311 reviews
164 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
46 helpful votes 46 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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Edinburgh
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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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