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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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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in museums and around Orkney, you must visit the museum. It's small and covers a very good range of geology and genealogy. Get the Lord's Prayer from the shop, it's written in Orkadian!

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Luanda
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Relatively small museum, but fits a lot in, and has the necessary interactive stuff for adults and kids.

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HARBOR SPRINGS
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A really nice museum and quite a surprise at it's size. It meanders around several floors and rooms with all kinds of historical artifacts from present day back to prehistoric. Very nice! Enjoyed it very much. And some of the exhibits were very interesting like the Pict stones and Viking items.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had an hour to spare before heading back to our ship. Nice enough museum, very much geared towards old Orkney. Even though its free, we felt that it lacked atmosphere and was a bit chaotic and maze like. An ok way to spend 30 minutes looking at the Orkney history.

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Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We nearly walked straight past the entrance, only decided to go in last minute, but so glad we did. Some really interesting exhibits.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I really love this place, you can spend hours looking all the collections of photographs, the wonderful displays and the changing exhibitions are always something special.

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FERNANDINA BEACH
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Extensive local history, friendly and helpful staff. The display covering the early years and World War naval presence was most interesting.

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Horsham, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Small, interesting museum. No charge so its easy to pop in while waiting for a bus, this is what we did with 40 mins to spare and it turned out to be a great decision.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
72 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

A labyrinth of rooms takes you on a journey from Stone Age times to the present. It's free entry with plenty to see. Well worth a visit.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A cosy and twee museum that displays both exhibition on Orkney geography and geology as well as the history behind the island. Free and some interactive things for children.

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