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The Orkney Museum

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Address: Tankerness House Broad Street | Orkney, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
Phone Number: 441856873191
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10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney, from the Stone Age right...

The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney, from the Stone Age right through to the present day. There is a large collection of old photos and activities to amuse younger visitors. The Museum's collection is of international importance and it has a changing temporary exhibition programme.

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A Fascinating Museum

The Tankerness Museum is the ideal place to answer all the questions you have thought of during your visit to Orkney. It is so jammed packed with artifacts and information that it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Tankerness Museum is the ideal place to answer all the questions you have thought of during your visit to Orkney. It is so jammed packed with artifacts and information that it has become quite a rabbit warren. Allow at least two hours if you want to see everything. An ideal visit for a wet day.

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This small museum is a good overview of the Orkney Island culture. Easy access in the center of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small museum and could do with more funding for presentation and labelling. We enjoyed the visit and found out a great deal about the area and especially that there had been a Viking long house right by where we were staying. The Neolithic artefacts are great. We found the lovely spinning whorl from near Buckquoy with the... More 

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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A warren of rooms hosts a fascinating collection. It held the attention of someone who is not very keen on museums! A must on a visit to Kirkwall.

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Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum may look small from outside but it holds a serious amount of history. The exibits are well set out and very interesting. Fun for all ages!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting this museum involved some stairs. It is an interesting one worth a visit. There are a few relics from the neolithic times and from the time of the Picts, Vikings and the Northmen.

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Thank Robin139
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting exhibits on various levels which are accessed by different stairs and landings. Opposite the St Magnus Cathedral. We found the display of local, historic chairs of interest and bought a souvenir chair model. Could have spent a few hours here reading about the area and various sea battles. Excellent range of topics. Good range of local souvenirs. Well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another unplanned visit to avoid the rain, but another good one. The museum runs through the full range of Orcadian history in an interesting and informative manner in its permanent exhibitions. In addition there are separate, changing, exhibitions - the Battle of Jutland while we were there. Well worth a visit to find out more about Orkney.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. It is an awful lot bigger than it looks from the outside with a large number and variety of exhibits. Best of all, it's free!

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit! From pre-history to the post war period this museum covers the history of the Orkney islands in fascinating detail. I enjoyed the interactive elements which really aren't just for children. The layout is a bit confusing because you come back on yourself and kind of travel back in time but that's a small thing. I'd have... More 

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