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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 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 private home.

Alternative name:

en Tankerness House Museum

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Orkney Museum
Broad Street
KW15 1DH Kirkwall

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology


Local Archaeology Historic house Agriculture

Visitor information

Opening hours

Summer Opening - 1 May to 30 September
Monday - Saturday, from 10.30 - 17.00.

Winter Opening - 1 October - 30 April
Monday - Saturday, from 10.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00.

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This museum has no entrance fee!

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  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Child friendly


Broad Street, Kirkwall, Scotland


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