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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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English first
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
60 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Horsham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a must-see attraction - covering geology, history, arts and crafts, and containing infinitely valuable artefacts from Orkney's 5000+ years' archaeological treasure trove. The relationship with Nordic countries is explained and the international significance of the area is outlined.

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traveling cat
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243 reviews 243 reviews
142 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

has some excellent history of Orkney and why there are so many ruins of different eras and ages and peoples. don't really like museums but this one was lovely

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South West Scotland
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There is lots and lots of interesting things and information in this free museum however it seems to be stuck in a time warp. There are lots of glass cases and very little that could be called interactive. I think adults would find this far more interesting than children would which is a pity because there is so much that... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Rather surprised...unassuming building/entry...goes on and on--flowing thru the history of the region in a logical fashion. Loads of info and well preserved artifacts. I really liked this place. GOOD hands on activities for younger kids to be entertained within eyesight/same room while you enjoy the history/museum (thank you!!). There were binders and such for people who are into research and... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
71 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Although a fairly small museum, there is quite a lot see as you make your way around the various rooms. It is well worth calling I however long your stay in Kirkwall as you can spend quite a lot of time viewing the artefacts and reading the interpretive information or you can speed around picking out the most important or... More

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