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Orkney Wireless Museum

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Address: 1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
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A small museum tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime...

A small museum tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime communications in Orkney. Maps, charts, valves, an early computer game, a 'spy' suitcase radio. Young visitors can send their name in Morse code to get a certificate. Entirely run by volunteers. Open April to September. Mon-Sat 10am to 4.30 pm. Sun 2.30pm - 4.30pm. 2016 admission £3 for adults, £1 for under 16 and students.

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Great small museum

My sister wanted to go in as this was her line of work many years ago. The rest of the party were a bit hesitant but it was very interesting. The exhibits were great and they had... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2016
Alison31s
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fife
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Reviewed July 30, 2016

My sister wanted to go in as this was her line of work many years ago. The rest of the party were a bit hesitant but it was very interesting. The exhibits were great and they had a wide range of related material. We were interested in WWII stuff and the gentleman produced relevant photos. Well worth the minimal entrance... More 

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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2016

One reason I wanted to visit this museum was that it had an exhibit relating to the father of a friend and seeing this home made 1931 television was justification enough. However, there is much fascinating material relating to an under studied aspect of consumer history. The museum is small and the display is rather cluttered. It is clearly run... More 

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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

This small one room museum is run by volunteers and is self funded. Entry into the museum is £1 for students and £3 for adults. Though the museum looks small, there is a goldmine of information and also a throwback to previous technology whatever age you are! There are also interactive items where you can listen to a crystal set,... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2016

Well, this was a surprise to find in Kirkwall. Smack full of all manner of radios, Morse code transmitters, war-time radio equipment and much much more. If you have the least bit of interest in communication history or the history of radio or even fancy something a bit different to see then pay this place a visit I've certainly never... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

When we visited the Orkney Wireless Museum, we were amazed at the range of the wirelesses on display, ranging from early crystal sets, domestic, wartime and military. There is an extensive array of associated material, advertising, reading material in addition to the wirelesses themselves. The tale of the SOE spy suitcase was especially interesting and the enthusiasm of the volunteer... More 

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Burnham Market, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016

A 'museum' but really just a place full of nostalgia and memorabilia, collected and arranged by enthusiasts. We loved it but our dad's would have enjoyed it even more.

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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2016

My husband is a broadcast engineer so, of course, when we saw this place while on a walk we had to make a visit. Among its charms were the two delightful gentlemen who were running the place. They loved and could enthuse over ever antique radio and other piece of obscure technology. It's really unlike any other museum I've been... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2016

I've been a radio ham for many years and thought this might be interesting. There is a great collection of equipment here, and the volunteer staff are very friendly. It does need some investment (possibly a lottery grant) to improve the displays. It was nice to see equipment that I had used many years ago. Reasonably accessible for wheelchair users.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2016

This is a quirky little place - little being the operative word - one room packed with a huge range of exhibit the history of the wireless and associated things. Great selection of wirelesses (loads in storage as well apparently) together with random small collections of other things. Key aspect for us was the friendliness of the volunteer host -... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2016

This is a great wee museum and full of interesting artefacts and information. There are good interactive activities, as well as a good range of different kinds of radios and similar equipment going back many years, and much of linking to the history of the Orkney Islands.

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