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Orkney Wireless Museum

1 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LB, Scotland
+44 1856 871400
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Wow -wireless heaven and a lot more too!

The fruits of a clear passion for all things wireless from early valve radios to communications... read more

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osmium2046
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London, United Kingdom
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What a treat this place was. The owner's father was an electrician, who collected all sorts of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paula E
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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 today 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

Thank osmium2046
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Suellen H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Marion W
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed September 18, 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
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Reviewed August 29, 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
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Reviewed August 14, 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
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Reviewed August 10, 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
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Reviewed August 6, 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
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