History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Captain Cook objects
What to See
The Stromness Museum was established in 1837 by the island's Natural History Society, and natural history is still one of its main focusses. The museum is housed in an 1858 building on Alfred Street. near the ferry port.
The collections are divided into 8 main themes. First and foremost is the natural history of Orkney, including shell collections, birds and eggs, seaweeds, fossils, rock collections, butterflies and insects, and native mammals.
Another major theme is maritime history, with ship and boat models, boat-building tools and equipment, original Orkney boats, and a large collection of Hudson Bay Company artefacts, from Eskimo objects to Company snow-shoes.
There is a collection of objects related to the Burgh of Stromness, from old photos to clothing, Old Orkney whiskey to Town Council memorabilia, and ephemera of the Independent Order of Rechabites, a 19th-century Temperance movement organisation.
There are ethnography exhibits from around the world, including objects brought back from Africa by explorer William Balfour Baikie, and several objects left behind when Captain Cook's ships stopped here in 1780.
So objects found at Skara Brae and other archaeological sites around Orkney, agricultural equipment, maps and charts - some dating as far back as the 17th century - and coins found locally.
About Stromness Museum
Address: 52 Alfred Street, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney, Orkney, Scotland, KW16 3DH
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Off the A965
Website: Stromness Museum
Photo Credit: Peter Church, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Unstan Chambered Cairn - 2.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Brodgar RSPB - 3.9 miles (Countryside)
Ring of Brodgar - 3.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Stones of Stenness Circle and Henge - 4.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement - 4.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Yesnaby - 4.6 miles (Countryside)
Maes Howe Chambered Cairn - 4.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Tormiston Mill - 5 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Stromness Museum:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Stromness Museum. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.