Stromness Museum - Orkney Natural History Society


Past and present, near and far; explore them all at the Stromness Museum.

Explore exciting collections from Orkney's maritime and natural history, including First World War artefacts from the scuttled German fleet, items from Orkney's involvement in the Hudson's Bay Company, and collections brought home from Orcadians travelling abroad. We have a wealth of material relating to Dr John Rae, the Orcadian explorer and surveyor of the North-West Passage. Purpose-built in 1856, the Museum houses numerous Victorian natural history collections of birds and eggs, mammals, shells, fossils, butterflies and moths, as well as antiquarian collections of artefacts.

Our summer 2015 exhibition is "Ness of Brodgar: Art and Artefacts, which showcases some of the amazing finds from ongoing excavations in the heart of Neolithic Orkney. We have ongoing events, activities and talks throughout the year, so check with our website to find out what's on.

The Museum also hosts a special audio tour of the town with voices from the past and present guiding listeners through centuries of Stromness history. Download the Stromness Hometown project files for yourself to begin your journey.

We are an independent museum, run by a board of volunteer trustees, and we are a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation. Our purpose is to promote natural science, to preserve local history and to offer an enjoyable educational and informative experience to as wide a range of people as possible.

Annual memberships available, please see website for details

With tickets valid for 7 days, why not come back for another visit?

Other Details

April to October, Monday - Sunday : 10:00 - 17:00

November to March, Monday - Saturday: 11:00 - 15:30 (Closed January)

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