The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

The main 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 vehiclesand dockyard equipment.  Key collections relate to the loss of HMS Hampshire and death of Lord Kitchener, the German High Seas Fleet and the loss of HMS Royal Oak. The Pumphouse is an important exhibit in its own right, housing three Lancashire boilers, built by Wilson’s of Glasgow, and six steam-powered triple-expansion duplex Worthington pumps.

 

One of the tanks that once held 12,000 tons of fuel oil for the fleet is now an exhibition space, whilst an audio-visual display running inside the tank gives an overview of Scapa Flow’s history and contains archive film footage of some of the key events. More large exhibits can be found in the Romney Hut, including a steam pinnace believed to have belonged to the German Admiral von Reuter, the Otter Bank, which once served as a floating bank for the north isles of Orkney and a collection of traditional Orkney boats.

 

2018 OPENING HOURS

for Temporary Exhibition

 

30th JUNE – 23rd SEPT Sun – Fri

Sat

10:00 – 16:00

10:00 – 15:00

24th SEPT – 31st OCT Sun – Fri

Sat

10:00 – 16:00

10:00 – 15:00

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO PUBLIC TOILETS AVAILABLE AT THE EXHIBITION PREMISES

facilities are available in the Lyness Ferry Waiting Room

 

GETTING TO THE EXHIBITION

BUS: A community bus service meets some ferries and can stop at the Hoy Hotel – please see here for the current timetable.

Please note that a day’s notice is required for the carriage of non-collapsible wheelchairs.

CAR: Follow the B9048 to the T-junction; the Hoy Hotel is opposite, on the right. To access the car park, turn right and then first left. The exhibition entrance is at the rear of the building.

ON FOOT/BY BIKE: The Hoy Hotel is ca. 1 mile from the ferry terminal. Follow the B9048 to the T-junction; the Hoy Hotel is opposite, on the right. The exhibition entrance is at the rear of the building.

Collect a copy of the Lyness Wartime Trail leaflet from the ferry waiting room to see what this area looked like during WW2.

 

GUIDED WALKS

11:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays, June – 31 October

Meet at the Lyness Ferry Waiting Room. Refreshments are available from a nearby food van.

Walks cost £5 per adult and advance booking is recommended – Tel: 01856 791300 or email museum@orkney.gov.uk

The walk ends at the exhibition, with time to look round before catching a ferry back or further exploring the island.

Group bookings (8 – 16 people) for other days may be possible – please contact us.

 

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3 thoughts on “The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum

  1. Have you got a copy of this sale notice for some of the huts etc on Hoy, gives a good idea of sizes and numbers.

    From the British Newspaper Archive

    Aberdeen Press and Journal – Wednesday 07 April 1920
    Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

  2. Hi, I am interested in the book in your display called “On Wings through Wonderland” by Dad, as I would like to write a little bit about if for our Orkney Norway Friendship Association newsletter. Who was “Dad” and can you tell me any more about it please?
    Thanks,
    Ishbel Borland

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