We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Orkney Museum

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
01856-873191
Website
Update attraction details
Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.
Write a Review

94 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    56
    31
    5
    0
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Orkney
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is more to see than you might imagine in the Orkney Museum. Initial traditional displays about the archaeology lead on through a maze of stairs and passages to displays about recent (and current) life in Orkney. Look out for the 'Ba, Blackenings and the Ploughing Match. There is also some fab local art and a temporary exhibitions room.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Highlands
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

He said it was very good for a small museum and had a bit of everything. Opposite St Magnus Cathedral down alley.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Llandovery, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

would recommend to anyone visting the area as there are lots of rooms full of information on the area you could easily spend a couple of hours here

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beautiful Shetland Islands
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The museum was absolutely superb with loads of different rooms to find your way around. Allow at least an hour there; preferably two !

Was this review helpful? Yes
Basehor, Kansas
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Very interesting museum. Had no idea of the history in this area. This museum was well organized and had many interesting displays. It's one that I would go to again when in that vicinity.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scotland
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This museum is just packed with great information, displays and exhibitions. We spent 4 hours and didn't see it all. Orkney has such a rich and varied history and this museum does justice to all aspects of it. Need to go again!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Caister-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I had a somewhat rainy morning 'spare' in Kirkwall so decided to venture into the Museum, which was free admission. To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement and I'm not joking when I say it's a veritable 'Tardis', just when you think you have finished exploring you find somewhere else to go and another collection to look... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ayrshire, Scot,and
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was an ideal way to spend our first morning on Orkney as there was a storm going on. Doing this first gave us a good insight into the history of the islands and people. And it's free so well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Little Silver, New Jersey
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We really liked this museum. Strongly recommend a stop. The museum gives an excellent view of Orkney.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Orkney Museum has been given a revamp and what a difference. The museum itself is quite small but still is full of history from 5000 years to present day. You have the other benefit that it is free.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Orkney Museum also viewed

 
Mainland, Orkney Islands
 

Been to The Orkney Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Orkney Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing