Nationally Significant Collections
Orkney Museum's archaeology collection is recognised as a collection of national significance under the Government's Recognised Collections Scheme.
The archaeology collection is one of 46 museum collections across Scotland recognised for its national significance. Collections are varied and the vast array of objects they contain reflect centuries of effort to gather, preserve and interpret - from beautifully crafted objects from past ages to everyday items that were integral to the daily lives of our ancestors.
The collection is owned and managed by Orkney Islands Council and includes the assemblage from the Scar Viking boat burial, an insect brooch from Howe, stone mace heads and other Neolithic tools. The archaeology galleries were established in the 1980s and cover the Neolithic, Iron Age, Vikings and Picts.