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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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Old Orkney, New Orkney, Temporary Orkney

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Very interseting facts and history all the way from the stone age! Shame I did not have my kids with me they would have loved it!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Liked: Free admission, friendly and knowledgable staff, well set up displays, covered a large timeline of Orkney heritage

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

learn about Orkney past and present. Great for adults and children alike. even the courtyard and building are interesting.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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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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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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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 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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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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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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