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Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

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Address: | Lyness, KW16 3NT, Scotland
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FREE ADMISSION - CLOSED 1 NOV 2015 -29 FEB 2016 This museum is centred...

FREE ADMISSION - CLOSED 1 NOV 2015 -29 FEB 2016 This museum is centred around the former fuel oil pumping station at Lyness Naval Base, (HMS Proserpine). The fascinating exhibition illustrates the importance of Scapa Flow as a base for the British fleet throughout history, concentrating on its role during two world wars. It includes photographs, text, artefacts, films and an audio exhibition, plus a collection of large military vehicles, cranes and artillery. Large exhibits and an audio visual display are housed in one of the tanks that once held 15,000 tons of fuel oil for the fleet. The pump house itself contains three Lancashire boilers, built by Wilson's of Glasgow, and six steam powered triple-expansion duplex Worthington pumps. There are plenty of children's activities as well as a gift shop and café. It is not essential to take a car, as the Museum is a two minute walk from the pier. The museum is open March - October (Sunday opening during the period May-September)and admission is free. The popular Pumphouse Café is open from Easter - October.

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A Step Back in Time

It's a few years since I last visited and many things have been added to the museum. It's worthy of note that the former Bank boat 'Otter Bank' is now on display, having been... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a few years since I last visited and many things have been added to the museum. It's worthy of note that the former Bank boat 'Otter Bank' is now on display, having been carefully and lovingly restored. If you are interested in military history, make sure that you leave time to look around and absorb what is on display.... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For anyone with an interest in 20th Century military history this is a must if in Orkney. Only a fraction of the base remains but the very informative leaflet allows a self guided tour which shows how much was there 70 years ago. The staff could not be more helpful. An easy 5 stars, even before mentioning the Pump House... More 

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating insights into the naval history of Scapa Flow, the strategic importance of Orkney in maritime history & the impact of Two World Wars in particular on the Orcadian Social History because of the influx of personnel & equipment. There is a blissfully peaceful pond area surrounded by bunds. I sincerely hope that the planned extension doesn't intrude upon this... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We visited the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre today and although it was not fully open to the public it was still an interesting visit. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the site as well what the future plans were regarding improvements to the museum to allow some of the more delicate artefacts to be displayed when it is built.... More 

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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

A great place to learn about the local naval history. Very helpful staff and a great little cafe too.

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Thank Peter H
Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Like most have already mentioned this is not a quick visit. From the outside you will feel its just a quick walk round and out again whilst waiting for the ferry... This i can assure is not the case. You most definitely need 2 to 3 hours possibly longer to be able to take in all the information, displays, video... More 

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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Although it's a small and somewhat dreary looking museum it's packed with information and we found out lots of interesting facts about the military history of the Orkney isles and the importance of Hoy during both world wars. Although it could perhaps do with a refurbishment it's definitely worth going early to when catching the ferry (it's right beside the... More 

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Thank HenryHound46
Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This museum is conveniently located next to where you board the ferry. It's FREE and very interesting. The cafe is superb (we went there twice!!)

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Hanover, Canada
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Scapa Flow museum was a place aI wanted to visit for years being a military buff. The place is hard to reach as you have to get a bus then a ferry from Kirkwall to get here and times were limited in September. The staff very very resourceful, the museum is a place that is "hands on" and there... More 

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Reviewed 1 October 2016

A must see if you have an interest or background in military service or history. Simple displays with lots of information and factoids. The oil tank is an incredible extension of the museum. Weather and years have certainly degraded the outside displays but not the history they represent. Allow at least 90 minutes to 2 hours. Small coffee shop and... More 

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