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Orkney Wireless Museum

1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
+44 1856 871400
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Eclectic mix of radio paraphernalia

It's small, with only one room and it costs three pounds to enter, but for people of a certain age... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeff1903
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King's Lynn
Interesting one room museum

A very interesting one room museum telling thw history of radio. has some fun hands on exhibits as... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
FairyLights7
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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A small museum tracing the history of early domestic radio and wartime communications in Orkney. Maps, charts, valves, an early computer game, a 'spy' suitcase radio. Young visitors can send their name in Morse code to get a certificate. Entirely run by volunteers. Open April to September. Mon-Sat 10am to 4.30 pm. Sun 2.30pm - 4.30pm. 2016 admission £3 for adults, £1 for under 16 and students.
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1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
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+44 1856 871400

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Reviewed yesterday

It's small, with only one room and it costs three pounds to enter, but for people of a certain age it's a real nostalgia trip. It helps if you like radios, but there are enough other things to keep the casual visitor entertained for a...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very interesting one room museum telling thw history of radio. has some fun hands on exhibits as well as a lot if interesting photos of Orkney during the war, Quite fascinating. Small entry charge.

Thank FairyLights7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the stops on our cruise around the UK landed us on Orkney Island. We had learned thanks to Trip Advisor that Orkney had a radio museum, so we made it a must see stop. It is housed in an historic old brick building...More

Thank snivvy2017
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Good collection of radios and other early electronics equipment from the 1940's through to the 1960's. Not too well displayed or explained. Cramped.

Thank David B
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We read about this Museum in the local brochures. I am an Ham Radio Operator and this was especially interesting to me. They have a lot of WW2 historical items inside.

Thank kristyed
Reviewed 9 September 2016

The story of the Radio from the Chrystal sets to todays DAB. it includes hands on Morse transmitters, Signal Lamps and everything to do with them, there are boards of Valves, a whole varierty of batteries and even a Juke Box, the two custodians on...More

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Lovely little museum with lots of memory joggers. Amazing how much they have managed to fit into such a small space.

Thank AilsaPerth_Scotland
Reviewed 5 September 2016

an interesting timewarp in the history of the wireless. Very tiny museum as its only one room and the charge was high for what it was. free entry with a donation would have been more suitable.

Thank Jo D
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This tiny museum was ok but as a previous revue has said you have to be into radios to get the most out of it. I was bored after a very short while but then i am not that interested in looking at old radio...More

Thank Semiquaver
Management response:Responded 8 September 2016

Our admission charge for 2016 is £3, with reduced rates of £1 for those under age 16 and for students.

Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

A small but full exhibition of wireless communication from both commercial and military interest. Not a Bluetooth or IPhone in sight 😬

Thank Frank M
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