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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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A fine local museum

Orkney's history is well displayed. There's a current exhibition about the Battle of Jutland and events concerning Scapa Flow generally.

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

Orkney's history is well displayed. There's a current exhibition about the Battle of Jutland and events concerning Scapa Flow generally.

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Thank Les W
Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting local museum which gives a good portrayal of the development of the islands. I particularly enjoyed the informative special exhibition on the Battle of Jutland. The layout of the building is complex and does involve climbing a lot of stairs.There is a pleasant garden although I didn't have time to enjoy it.

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Thank Wyn G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A small museum situated opposite the cathedral holds a whole host of history and information about Orkney. It's free and took me about 45 mins to walk around and it's definitely worth a visit. It takes you through all the different ages and evidence of this. A great activity of the weather turns!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Museum has a world class archaeology collection which unfortunately is not shown off to best effect for instance the Buckquoy spindlewhorl with the ogham inscription cannot really be seen and the Pictish stones are displayed very badly. I was also asked to leave at lunch time whilst the Museum closed. I know that funding is difficult to come by... More 

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South Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum seemed to be pretty complete with things from the area. Lots of interesting exhibits, very old and new. It was easy to get lost since it's much bigger on the inside than it looks. We even found a costume exhibit tucked away which was really intriguing. The garden in back isn't large but has enough flowering plants to... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This free museum offers a different side of Kirkwall and the Orkneys, and is a perfect stop when the weather is a bit inclement.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The artifacts in this museum are both local and priceless and the information is well presented. There are interactive but thankfully not screen based activities for kids and access by chair lift to the parts of the museum that need stairs. It's free!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is the unofficial representative of archaeology and history for all of Orkney. It nicely compliments the National Museum in Edinburgh by providing local details and viewing of real artifacts.

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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good enjoyed steeped in exhibits things to see for all ages viking exhibits to stone age special exhibits on the 2 world wars in scapa flow

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum seems small from the outside, but it is packed with interesting exhibits from all periods of Orkney's history. It is a wonderful introduction to the islands for a first time visitor, and an interesting collection of artifacts for repeat tourists. The garden in back is lovely and a nice place to rest your feet while exploring Kirkwall.

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