Stromness Museum Stromness Museum

Stromness Museum

52 Alfred Street, Stromness, KW16 3DH, United Kingdom | 018656 850025 | Website

Venue Description

If you want a glimpse into Orkney's Natural History and Maritime Past, or to study it in more detail, Stromness Museum is a must. Since 1837 the museum has amassed a unique and fascinating collection which celebrates local history and some of the remarkable Orcadians who made history elsewhere. Learn how to survive in the arctic through displays about Dr John Rae, Sir John Franklin and the Arctic Whalers. Find out about local connections with The Hudson Bay Company and the Canadian Fur Trade. On show are artefacts salvaged from the German Fleet, scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919, in sight of Stromness. There aredisplays on lighthouses, sailmaking and ferries. The refurbished Victorian Natural History Gallery has a magnificent bird collection complemented by displays of eggs, fossils, sea creatures, mammals, butterflies and moths. The museum retains its Victorian character, visitors often comment on the 'cabinet of curiosity' feel of the museum. Tickets last 7 days!


The museum's main floor is fully accessible and on ground level with a steep sloped area. The entrance doors are wide. The upper gallery is accessible by a chairlift, this is not able to take wheelchairs. There are two rooms downstairs that can be accessed via an outside door with arrangement by the custodian. There are two rooms that are not accessible without using stairs. Although it is not an audio guide to the museum there is an audio guide/DVD that connects museum artefacts with the stories of the town is avialable.

Awards List

Museum Association member Kids Pass member


There is an accessible toilet on the premises with hand rails and a lever tap.


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Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

WE are situated next to a beach area.

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Carer Discount
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access

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