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Scapa Flow MuseumScapa Flow Museum

Scapa Flow Museum’s role is to chart Orkney’s military involvement in the First and Second World Wars and provide a safe home for a major collection of wartime artefacts, many of national and international importance. It is run by Orkney Islands Council - please take a look at all our Museums on our new Orkney Museums website.

We were proud to be finalists for the 2023 Art Fund Museum Of The Year prize.

Scapa Flow Museum is a finalist in Art Fund 2023 Museum of the Year. European Regional Development Fund

A £4.4m major redevelopment, completed in July 2022, was funded by Orkney Islands Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, the Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 programme, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Museums Galleries Scotland, and the Scottish Government’s European Regional Development Fund programme, managed by NatureScot through the Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund. (The Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s European Regional Development Fund programme, which finishes in 2023. NatureScot is also managing another element of the programme – the Green Infrastructure Fund. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund and the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information the Scottish Government website)

There is a comprehensive exhibition about the wartime history of Scapa Flow available online – please see the ‘Related Links’ section below.

Leaflets for a self-guided trail around the wartime remains at Lyness are available from tourist information offices and the Lyness Ferry Waiting Room.   A guide to Hoy and Walls Wartime Heritage is available in the Orkney Wartime Leaflet No. 2 which can be found in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

There is a cafe on site open during Museum opening times, as listed below, serving hot and cold drinks, homebakes, hot filled rolls, soup and snacks.

Dogs are not permitted to enter the Museum unless they are assistance dogs.

The Museum is a minute’s walk from the Lyness ferry terminal on the scenic island of Hoy, one of Orkney’s most popular tourist destinations. Hoy is a short ferry ride from Houton on the Orkney mainland. For timetables, visit 

We look forward to welcoming you to Scapa Flow Museum.

Opening Times

9.30am to 4.15pm

Contact Details

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Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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