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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
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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Seriously charming free museum

Staff are delightful and interesting. Wonderful range of Orcadian prehistory to 20th Century stuff. I love social history and the museum is rich in that. A bit if a maze... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff are delightful and interesting. Wonderful range of Orcadian prehistory to 20th Century stuff. I love social history and the museum is rich in that. A bit if a maze. Wonderful little shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw alot of things that were found in archaeological sites I visited on Orkney. Good for kids --. They have a place where you can figure out your name in Norse runes...fun

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Thank Connie R
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stuffed full of really interesting stuff, with enthusiastic and informative staff behind the counter who are happy to explain the exhibits should you wish. Good bookshop in the museum, and lovely gardens to wander about in. Definitely include on any visit to Orkney.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic museum. Wonderful and fasinating exhibits showing the history of orkney. Includes ancient history, links to Norse history and mythology through to twentieth century. Also housed in a building which has a interesting history. What more its Free entry, just put a donation in the slot. Would have happily paid an entrance fee to keep this wonderful museum going.... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is located in the centre of Kirkwall,across from the Cathedral. It is a well laid out in a chronological fashion and full of interesting artefacts. Jutland exhibition could be a bit more professionally displayed though!

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Thank SteveandJanette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to while away a couple of hours. The history of The Orkneys is very detailed and takes you right up to the present times. We particularly found the WW2 section amazing and we came away feeling quite humbled. Very knowledgeable staff and a nice little museum shop. The lady even let us leave our back packs... More 

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Thank Denise M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orkney has a lengthy and diverse historycovering 5,000 years which the museum amply captures. It is well set-out with rooms dedicated to each period of history. Well worth a stop when visiting the Cathedral across the square.

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glasgow, scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed a visit to the museum, it has lots of interesting exhibits from Orkneys past, they had an interesting exhibition featuring the battle of Jutland as its 100 years since the battle. Well worth a visit

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit, and easy to find. Lots of information about history of the Orkneys, and exhibits devoted to the WWI Battle of Jutland.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this museum was a pleasant surprise the history of the Orkney isles from bronze age to 19th century, well set out exhibitions ,some hands on games and activities for children in most rooms. they politely request a donation for admission. a nice way to spend an hour, two or longer depends how much detail you want there was evidence of... More 

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