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Orkney Wireless Museum

1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
+44 1856 871400
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Historical Gem

This is an amazing and unusual museum right in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney. The museum is run... read more

Reviewed yesterday
allanmaciver
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Wonderful

Bang in the centre of Kirkwall this museum is fascinating, even if you think you’re not interested... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pado21
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Renfrewshire
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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

This is an amazing and unusual museum right in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney. The museum is run entirely by volunteers and the lady on duty was full of stories and memories. They have an extensive old radio collection, archive pictures from World War and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bang in the centre of Kirkwall this museum is fascinating, even if you think you’re not interested in wireless. It’s a treasure trove and it tells the story of people as much as the devices. The gentleman who was the volunteer manning the museum was...More

1  Thank pado21
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was amazing, a collection of crystal radios and radar gear use in WW II. It took me back to my childhood home-made crystal radio set- and will really highlight how far the technology has come. The older couple that showed us around were such...More

1  Thank fmdedolph
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fruits of a clear passion for all things wireless from early valve radios to communications equipment for wartime bombers, early video game, juke box and a stylophone. On the day we were there enhanced by a charming man who added great value and atmosphere...More

1  Thank osmium2046
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

What a treat this place was. The owner's father was an electrician, who collected all sorts of gadgets and electrical items. It was interesting and fun to look over the collection, and hear more about the island from a local.

Thank Paula E
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Barney from Rabbie's Tours highly recommended this to our tour, and on his insistence, I visited. It was an unforgettable experience.

1  Thank Suellen H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Run by volunteers, gives the history of radio communications which have been essential for Orkney. Lots of exhibits in a fairly small space. Several books of photos to browse.feels like stepping back in time and makes you appreciate modern technology at the same time.

1  Thank Marion W
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

Great exhibits, some still working, knowledgable friendly staff, also lots of albums with historic photos of WWII.

1  Thank AndraSW1
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

hubby loved this as he was able to reminisce over building crystal sets as a child. i was apprehensive but Bill the curator was lovely, explaining interesting anecdotes over the WW2 exhibits. small but filled with loads of interesting stuff. a gem of a museum

1  Thank Georgina C
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Clearly you wouldn't chose to go in if the subject didn't interest you. Great little (one room) exhibition crammed to the roof with old radios and wartime exhibits. Lots of books of WW2 photos from the area and a table to sit at to look...More

1  Thank Alice m
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