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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
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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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Excellent on Neolithic and Bronze age Orkney

The beginnings of life on the islands is really well described and displayed here. A lot else as well but the early periods were what impressed me the most.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Had time so we went. It is really small. We did not really enjoy ourselves (the botanic gardens behind it are great). But some people did. Would rather be out enjoying the Orkney Islands than being in a museum about them.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The beginnings of life on the islands is really well described and displayed here. A lot else as well but the early periods were what impressed me the most.

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South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Orkney Museum is housed in a series of buildings which was Tankerness house, the ancestral seat of the Baikie family. The museum tracks the history of the Orkneys from the Stone Age to today. Lots of history in a labyrinth of rooms. The museum is free and can take less than an hour to a full day depending on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really rather good! You can spend half an hour or several hours here. You could visit it several times. There's obviously a lot of Pictish/Neolithic/Viking history here. If you're maxed out on those themes because you've seen a lot of it at other attractions in Orkney, there's still lots to appreciate here about the recent past. If you're not really... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

An unbelievable amount of exhibits in this compact museum. You'll easily get lost in it's many rooms, levels and time zones.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A very comprehensive history of Orkney to the Second World War, very informative helping to put all the different ages into perspective.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

As well as the usual informative presentation of local history and culture, there is currently a very good exhibition on Orcadians in WW1.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Orkeny has a long and complicated history and the museum was very helpful in trying to understand it all. Good exhibits and a gift shop.

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Carp, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We visited the museum and were so impressed with the amount of varied exhibits. The museum looks small but it is a series of rooms with many articles and pictures. Was especially moved by the WW1 room as the personal letters, descriptions and articles were quite fascinating. Even found some family history, although 3 of 4 brothers perished in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This place is like a tardus. So very interesting for both children and adults. Will goo back again on my next visit.

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Additional Information about The Orkney Museum

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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