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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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Loved the detailed early history of Orkney which is well presented as is the history of the Picts, Norse and then the lairds and the clearances. Only problem is when you have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Loved the detailed early history of Orkney which is well presented as is the history of the Picts, Norse and then the lairds and the clearances. Only problem is when you have finished you walk back on yourself to the exit. They can't help the space limitations though.

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

very informative friendly staff too.a great description and display of orkney culture and lifestyles through the ages.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great to see Orkney history in chronological order. Modern display and interpretation. There are activities for children (and adults) - such as spelling your name in runes and trying to put broken pot shards back together.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We discovered this wonderful little Museum on a day trip and with a variety of artefacts telling the story of Orkney to the Vikings it was truly amazing.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A great little museum that charts the history of Orkney. Featured exhibition was of Orcadians who went to fight in WW1 - some thought provoking personal stories. Well worth a visit.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It is free entry. Much information about the war 1939 -1945. Why will people could continue to fight kill and maim?

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Although relatively small in size this is an extremely well run and imaginative museum covering Orkney history from Neolithic times to the present day. Set within one of the oldest houses in Kirkwall it should not be missed

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

At first you would think this a small museum, but when you walk into the courtyard and around the building its not at all. Its crammed with fantastic historic artifacts from the island.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Darted in here to escape the wet weather, and found a little gem, lots of information regarding the Orkney isle and very easy to understand a hour turned in to a couple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Orkney Museum

Address: Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856-873191
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
Open Hours:
Monday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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