The Orkney Museum
The Orkney Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Orkney Museum tells the story of Orkney, from the Stone Age, to the Picts and Vikings, 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. The Orkney Museum used to be a house – Tankerness House. For three centuries this house was the home of the Baikie family of Tankerness, whose estate gave the house its name. It opened as a museum in 1968 and is an A-listed building. The Baikie Library and Drawing Room gives the visitor an idea of how the house looked when it was a family home. PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed from 15:00 Friday 22nd December 2023, reopening 10:30 Thursday 1st February 2024
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  • DEP3
    Binghamton, New York330 contributions
    A free archaeology- focused museum in Orkney that’s worth a visit
    Lovely, informative local museum with gorgeous garden in back, with beautiful plantings and a whimsical rabbit sculpture . Tells the archeological story of the findings on the island, as well as has period furniture. Gardens are a haven for taking a short break and enjoying the setting. Free and welcoming . Close the bustling cathedral. On the sale street, at least three Goodwill- like - charity shops for rummaging fun and maybe some finds.
    Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. The "whimsical rabbit sculpture" was part of a fundraiser for a cancer charity, which was auctioned off for £4400.00! We were very proud to host this.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Folkestoner
    70 contributions
    A warm welcome and thoroughly interesting experience
    I visited with my sister. I am in a wheelchair. The building itself is one of the older ones in the area of the Cathedral. From the first moment we were well accommodated by the ladies there and given a very warm welcome. They outlined the limitations, though I could access the first floor via a stair lift. They also allowed me to store my wheelchair power in their office. We visited both floors. The ladies sorted out the stair lift for access upstairs and then to return down again. For those seeking an insight into the history of the islands I would thoroughly recommend a visit.
    Thank you! Yes, this building does have limitations, but I'm pleased we were able to help make the most of your visit.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Struan101
    Dollar, United Kingdom56 contributions
    Excellent history of Orkney
    Fascinating museum of Orkney life from 5,000 years ago to the current day. Twelve separate rooms each covering a time period. Enjoyed ever room but my favourite was on the Viking Earls. Great nicknames that I wanted to adopt. I wanted Skullsplitter but my wife suggested "the Stout" - more accurate, if a bit mean!
    There are so many great nicknames to choose from; Bloodaxe, Finehair, Knucklebreaker, Hairybreeks, Sow, but I'm not sure if any of these may suit either! Very glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 11 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK8,544 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited on Monday 04th September 2023 on Day 3 of the British Isles Discovery 10-Day Cruise on Ambience. Here at our first port of call at Kirkwall, Orkney Isles it was a beautiful morning and we went for a walk around Kirkwall then went to The Orkney Museum. There were multiple rooms detailing the history of the islands and their relationship with the mainland. Difficult for those with mobility issues given this museum is based in a converted house. TBH, after a while all the artefacts kind of blended into one, and if you were to ask me after leaving what I could recall for the rooms I would struggle to remember much at all. Probably says more about me than the museum but it is what it is.
Written 18 January 2024
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Struan101
Dollar, UK56 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fascinating museum of Orkney life from 5,000 years ago to the current day. Twelve separate rooms each covering a time period. Enjoyed ever room but my favourite was on the Viking Earls. Great nicknames that I wanted to adopt. I wanted Skullsplitter but my wife suggested "the Stout" - more accurate, if a bit mean!
Written 19 September 2023
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There are so many great nicknames to choose from; Bloodaxe, Finehair, Knucklebreaker, Hairybreeks, Sow, but I'm not sure if any of these may suit either! Very glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 11 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Patric D
Sandbach, UK1,006 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a smallish but very engaging museum just across theroad from the cathedral.
It is very well organised and tells the story of Kirkwall and the Orkneys with great clarity.
There is also a lovely garden to the rear of the museum
Written 25 August 2023
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Thank you. Yes, the garden can be a haven of peace in the busy summer season.
Written 11 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Folkestoner
Folkestone70 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
I visited with my sister. I am in a wheelchair. The building itself is one of the older ones in the area of the Cathedral. From the first moment we were well accommodated by the ladies there and given a very warm welcome. They outlined the limitations, though I could access the first floor via a stair lift. They also allowed me to store my wheelchair power in their office. We visited both floors. The ladies sorted out the stair lift for access upstairs and then to return down again. For those seeking an insight into the history of the islands I would thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written 14 August 2023
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Thank you! Yes, this building does have limitations, but I'm pleased we were able to help make the most of your visit.
Written 11 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DEP3
Binghamton, NY330 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Lovely, informative local museum with gorgeous garden in back, with beautiful plantings and a whimsical rabbit sculpture . Tells the archeological story of the findings on the island, as well as has period furniture. Gardens are a haven for taking a short break and enjoying the setting. Free and welcoming . Close the bustling cathedral. On the sale street, at least three Goodwill- like - charity shops for rummaging fun and maybe some finds.
Written 29 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. The "whimsical rabbit sculpture" was part of a fundraiser for a cancer charity, which was auctioned off for £4400.00! We were very proud to host this.
Written 11 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark S
28 contributions
May 2023
Excellent small museum, provides a a vivid portrait of the history of the Orkneys in manageable pieces with plenty of archeological finds. Provided a useful one stop shop to put all the sites we had visited in context.
Has a lovely courtyard garden at the rear so worth a visit just for a pleasant location to sit and relax.
Written 23 May 2023
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Thank you! Walking through our timeline can really help put archaeological sites into context. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 11 October 2023
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aprince707
Pleasant Hill, CA177 contributions
Sept 2022
Jam packed museum. Needed a lot more time than I had off the cruise ship to do this place justice. This area has "thousands" of years of history, much of which is still preserved. Will come back here..
Written 30 September 2022
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Thank you, It's good to hear you are coming back to see us after your taster visit by cruise ship!
Written 11 October 2023
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Overlooker
Santa Fe, NM297 contributions
Sept 2022
A rabbit's warren of prehistoric and historic artifacts. The museum makes use of an old, obviously elegant, house. A walk-through runs from the earliest Orkney neolithic settlements to twentieth century history.
Written 26 September 2022
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Ken J
2 contributions
Sept 2022
A lovely insight into the long and fascinating history of Orkney with a phenomenal range of material. You expect the truly ancient and the Viking but the merchant days displays were also informative and well-presented. We only stumbled in by accident but I suggest you make time for it.
Written 25 September 2022
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Tilt-scale-gyro
Pitmedden, UK382 contributions
Sept 2022
As you go through each room the exhibits get more and more recent then you have to retrace your steps to exit.
Written 23 September 2022
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The Orkney Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:30 - 12:30
  • Mon - Sat 13:30 - 17:00


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