We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Orkney Museum

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Great museum

Very interesting museum. A great many exhibits in such a small building. The artefacts are good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
roughguide247
,
UK
via mobile
Brilliant little museum

Lovely little museum full of interesting bits and pieces, would definitely visit again if I had the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
moonshines
,
London, United Kingdom
Read all 527 reviews
117
All photos (117)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
About
The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney, from the Stone Age, to the Picts and Vikings, right through to the present day. The Museum’s collection is of international importance and the archaeology collection, which includes artefacts and...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Contact
Tankerness House Broad Street | Orkney, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
Website
+44 1856 873191
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (527)
Filter reviews
484 results
Traveler rating
302
153
25
2
2
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
302
153
25
2
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews old house interesting exhibits well worth a visit free entry lovely garden couple of hours modern times twentieth century neolithic times broad street treasure trove several floors stone age local history two hours pre history historic building
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 484 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. A great many exhibits in such a small building. The artefacts are good, well presented, and the building itself is fascinating.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank roughguide247
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely little museum full of interesting bits and pieces, would definitely visit again if I had the opportunity

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank moonshines
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small nice and informative they had to shut for Lunch. Information on archipelago was a new experience for me.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vijay S
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

I had the opportunity to visit both the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall and the Stromness Museum in Stromness. Both are absolute gems and should not be missed. I was particularly impressed that somehow the Orkney Museum is free! It has a great historical timeline for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank marftrip
Reviewed October 18, 2018

I like how the different years were presented and the displays. The museum is bigger than expected and offers a lot of interesting artefacts. Allow at least 1 hr or more to see everything.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed October 16, 2018

This free museum was much better than we expected. It gives the history of the area for the last 7000 years. There are many rooms, each about a different time in history. There are many stairs between rooms. I would have liked more information about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred T
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Happened across the museum on a wet afternoon, pleasant informative staff well set out a good way to learn more about Orkney and its history we spent a couple of hours exploring the different rooms, Definatley worth a visit while in kirkwall

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank trish011526
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

located in the city centre in a historical building. loved the exhibitions, mind you there are quite a few steps involved to be able to visit them all. loved the gardens and little shop.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 242corab
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

To be honest we went here to get out of the rain, but ended up spending some time because it was so interesting. It wasn’t busy so didn’t have to look over peoples’ shoulders at the exhibits and could take our time. It’s free.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank NigelS521
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Spent a great 2-3 hours looking round the interesting artefacts that they've collected here. Really explains the history of Orkney and how it's developed over the years. Free too!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kendoville
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 nearby hotels
The Orkney Hotel
319 reviews
.07 miles away
Albert Hotel
189 reviews
.18 miles away
The Storehouse
9 reviews
.20 miles away
The Ayre Hotel
443 reviews
.21 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 68 nearby restaurants
The Strynd Tea Room
232 reviews
.07 miles away
Helgi's
856 reviews
.22 miles away
Lucano
630 reviews
.08 miles away
Cafelolz
393 reviews
.16 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 108 nearby attractions
Saint Magnus Cathedral
1,639 reviews
.02 miles away
Kirkwall VisitScotland iCentre
180 reviews
.10 miles away
The Earl's Palace
387 reviews
.09 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Virginia1937
July 12, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Fiona C | Reviewed this property |
There was a chair lift I saw for a wheelchair that allowed access to different floors of the museum. They may be able to accommodate you with that?
1
Vote