Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

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The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum houses an important record of the role the Royal Navy played in Orkney during both World Wars. Situated at Lyness on the island of Hoy, the centre is run by Orkney Islands Council Museums Service, who have converted the former pump house to provide a comprehensive series of interpretative displays, as well as being home to a fascinating outside collection of military equipment such as vehicles and guns. World War I displays include a propeller and other artifacts from HMS Hampshire, mined off Orkney in 1916 with the loss of Lord Kitchener and over 700 men. Guns salvaged from the German High Seas Fleet which was scuttled in Scapa Flow in 1919 form part of the display along with railway engines on tracks. There is a large photographic collection as well as objects on display inside, where you can see one of the pumps in action.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Spring Opening Monday - Friday, from 09.00 -16.30 Late Spring Opening Monday - Saturday, from 09.00 -16.30 Summer Opening (1st May to 30th September), Monday - Saturday, from 09.00 -16.30, Sunday - from arrival of first ferry to 16.00. Autumn Opening (1st October - 31st October), Monday - Saturday, from 09.00 -16.30 Winter Opening (1st November to the end of March). Museum is closed.


Admission free.

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