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The Orkney Museum

Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland
Phone Number: 01856-873191
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum details the 5,000-year history of the islands.

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Stroud, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Takes you through all the history of the island very interesting and lots to see. Enjoyed my afternoon there

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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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

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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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