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The Orkney Museum

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Address: Broad Street | Orkney, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
Phone Number: 441856873191
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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
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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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Lovely little museum and its free!!

This is well worth a visit if you have a spare hour when in Kirkwall. There are many exhibits including much on the geology of Orkney and other nature facts and figures. Free to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bartonabroad
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Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit if you have a spare hour when in Kirkwall. There are many exhibits including much on the geology of Orkney and other nature facts and figures. Free to get in and a nice way to get an overview of the Orkneys.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we visit Orkney we pop into the Museum. There's always something new and interesting to see, and the staff are very helpful and informed.

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Thank Tink802
San Clemente, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Don't miss the incredible history and friendly people at this beautiful museum. Its centrally located and you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Paul G
Waconia, Minnesota
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We found this museum a little by accident but what a gem. They had a better representation of Scottish/Orkney history that the National Museum in Edinburgh. We walked out of here with a much greater appreciation of the Scottish history. Thank you

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Sanford, North Carolina
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Admission is free and you can learn a lot about the local culture in this museum, including something about the prehistory.

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Thank Jeff G
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Well presented displays with not excessive amounts of writing about each. At present there is a temporary exhibit called "Voices from the Cillin". We found it well worth sitting and watching/hearing the whole of the presentation as the feeling of tranquillity absorbs you more and more. Brilliant.

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Thank Edward W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

If you like to read and learn, you could spend all day here. We spent 2 hours but could have spent much more. There are several binders with personal stories in addition to the great exhibits. It's a great place to go on your first day - in combo with St. Magnus Cathedral, Earls' Palace and Bishops' Palace.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Brilliant museum with highlights of Orkney life on display. You can learn so much about Orkney from this lovely wee museum.

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Thank RosieL206
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A small but very interesting museum suitable for all ages. Explains the history of Orkney and the wars in simple, easy to understand terms. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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Thank Bill M
Blyth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Went in here while it was raining and was really surprised it was free entry. It has pieces from quite recent, World War 2 and Viking settlement. The owners were friendly and helpful and there are some truly fascinating little objects, like bone needles and little game pieces that were found in Orkney. The shop on the way out has... More 

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