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Orkney Wireless Museum

1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
+44 1856 871400
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blast from the past

hubby loved this as he was able to reminisce over building crystal sets as a child. i was... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Georgina C
Dronfield, United Kingdom
Great if you're interested in radios!

Clearly you wouldn't chose to go in if the subject didn't interest you. Great little (one room... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Alice m
via mobile
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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
+44 1856 871400

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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

Thank Georgina C
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

Thank Alice m
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I have visited hundreds of museum, but this small museum was among the strangest collection I had seen. The collection consisted mainly of old radios most likely lovingly gathered, over years, by the owner. For anyone that is interested in the evolution of all types...More

Thank reise-tanta-di
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This museum is very small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. The history of wireless is covered from the beginning to the present day with many examples of radios and even a juke box and Walkman. There is also...More

Thank jaycee1971
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This one-room museum is crammed with wireless related artefacts from the whole era of wireless / radio communication. (It shows how old I am that I recognised so many sets and accessories!). Well worth a visit if you've ever had an interest in radio technology.

Thank Tony67967
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The museum is a room housing a collection of electronic equipment, mostly radio, that demonstrates technical history. It was staffed by a friendly volunteer when my husband and I dropped in. We are techie nerds who find old electronics fascinating and spent over an hour...More

Thank ksanybody
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Last time it was near St Margaret's Hope. Enjoyed going back in time and seeing many wirelesses etc I remembered from my youth. Great to see the early video game - ping pong.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is one of those tiny museums that should not be missed if you have any interest in history, history of radio, history of 20th century warfare, or history of electronics. My favorite was a crystal radio set from 1912 that still worked! Followed by...More

Thank Lewis H
Reviewed 27 June 2017

It's small, with only one room and it costs three pounds to enter, but for people of a certain age it's a real nostalgia trip. It helps if you like radios, but there are enough other things to keep the casual visitor entertained for a...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 24 June 2017

A very interesting one room museum telling thw history of radio. has some fun hands on exhibits as well as a lot if interesting photos of Orkney during the war, Quite fascinating. Small entry charge.

Thank FairyLights7
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