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Major collections of archaeology and social history vividly introduce the life and culture of Orkney.
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.
The North and South wings of the house were originally manses for the Cathedral clergy. After the reformation they were bought by Gilbert Foulzie, the first Protestant minister, who in 1574 built the arched gateway that bears his coat of arms.
Summer Opening (1st May to 30th September)
Monday – Saturday, from 10.30 – 17.00
Winter Opening (1st October – 30th April)
Monday – Saturday, from 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 17.00.
To ensure there has been no change to the opening times or details on this page, please check with the museum directly before visiting.