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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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Very Viking!

The Viking archaeology is displayed wonderfully and the museum has a wonderful wealth of treasures to be discovered.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Viking archaeology is displayed wonderfully and the museum has a wonderful wealth of treasures to be discovered.

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This would be 5 stars but the museum closing for 1 hr for lunch is just so outdated! Why cannot the staff stagger their lunch breaks? Instead we were ordered out of the museum with only 2-3mins notice and told to come back in 1hr. unfortunately due to us catching the ferry later this was not possible. Shame as the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This quaint little museum is worth an hour of your time. There are hidden gems especially the viking display. I enjoyed my time and would recommend it to you.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This museum looks like a house from the outside. However appearances can be deceiving, as inside there is a large amount of artefacts and exhibits spanning Orkney's history. This is free to get into and although small full of character in its own way.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place has it all, rummaging through dozens of higgledy piggledy rooms the ages of Orkney come alive from the Neolithic through the modern day temporary exhibition by print maker Joseph Sloan (who's resonant exhbition ‘Islanders: Orkney and the Arans’ by Joseph Sloan is a series of wood engravings first created as illustrations for the Sanday-born writer W. Towrie Cutt’s... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Very interseting facts and history all the way from the stone age! Shame I did not have my kids with me they would have loved it!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Liked: Free admission, friendly and knowledgable staff, well set up displays, covered a large timeline of Orkney heritage

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

learn about Orkney past and present. Great for adults and children alike. even the courtyard and building are interesting.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent museum. History of the island up to modern times. Well worth a visit. In the town across from the St Magnus Cathedral.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Orkney Museum is a great little museum to visit when you are in Kirkwall. It has great displays about the 5,000 years of Orkney history. We sat down and looked at some of the scrapbooks in a sitting area which was a pleasant learning experience.

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