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The Orkney Museum

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Address: Tankerness House Broad Street | Orkney, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1856 873191
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10:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Interesting small museum

We visited Orkney in January when the majority of museums and attractions on the island are closed so we were happy to find this one in Kirkwall and it was free which is always... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Faye H
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited Orkney in January when the majority of museums and attractions on the island are closed so we were happy to find this one in Kirkwall and it was free which is always appreciated! The museum was very interesting and covered the history of Orkney in a comprehensive and accessible way. We found the pictish stones and the display... More 

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Portsoy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum gives a comprehensive insight into the history of the Orkney Islands. It's free and very visitor friendly. A must-do whilst in Kirkwall.

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Very informative and goes right back to when the islands were formed and first populated. History right up to date although spread over a few rooms and different levels. A nust do if you visit Orkney. Free entrance but donations welcome.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is one of the great Scottish local museums, with a long-term view on its island communities good and accessible displays of the materials they have produced and imported. Very up-to-date in terms of displaying material from, and information on, important archaeological sites on Orkney.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Awesome museum of Orkney history from prehistoric to modern day. Lots of hands on things for the kids including quizzes and 'pot making'. It's not huge but they pack a lot in! Definately worth an hour or two of your time in Orkney.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Excellent little museum tucked away bang slap in the middle of town. Educational but also very enjoyable. the sort of place you can visit time and time again and still find something new. And guess what... Its freeeee!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

A great museum right in the middle of kirkwall definitely worth a visit free entry. Lots to see. They have a treasure hunt sheets for the kids

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Really good. So much to see, great lay out and really friendly staff. Was a great first stop before we went out sight seeing, feel like the next placed we go to visit will mean more having been to the museum first. Thank you.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We spent and entire morning poking around the museum It was full of interesting artefacts and history. It's set in a lovely old building so you walk through a series of tiny rooms with mullioned windows - very atmospheric. It's well run and the staff are helpful and friendly. Well worth a visit

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Free entry, lots to see. Centrally located and even has lift up for anyone with trouble with stairs. Friendly staff

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