Plan your visit
Stromness Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday. Our opening hours are 11am-1pm and 1.45pm-3.30pm.
To ensure physical distancing, our maximum capacity is 15 people at any one time. We have enhanced hygiene measures and physical distancing measures in place.
Please use the hand sanitiser stations throughout the museum, maintain physical distancing and follow the one-way system in place where indicated. Please wear a face covering when inside the museum - the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in Scotland (unless exempt).
Our Pilot's House galleries are currently closed.
Our collections include galleries on Social and Maritime History, Wartime and Scapa Flow, Natural History, Ethnography and Seafaring. We also host temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
For a complete list of our galleries, and for more information on what they offer, download our museum guide and floor plan:
- Stromness Museum guide and floor plan (PDF file - 120kb)
Also see our Top Ten guide for an overview of some of our highlights:
- Museum Top 10 (PDF file - 550kb)
Digital Guided Walks
A Stromness Museum digital guided walk along the town's blue plaque trail that links places and people to objects in our collection. You can download the pdf Blue Plaque Trail or click on this link to view our trail on Google Maps.
Stromness Museum is located at the south of Stromness. The address is: 52 Alfred St, Stromness, KW16 3DH.
Please be aware that parking on-site is limited.
Directions from Ferry Terminal/ Bus Stop to the Stromness Museum
Stromness Museum is located at the south end of the town and is approximately a 15 to 20 min walk from the Ferry Terminal/ Bus Stop.
From the top of the Ferry Terminal/ Bus Stop, turn left and walk 75 m/ 250 ft to the Pier Head where the John Rae statue is situated. Then turn left at the Stromness Hotel, walk towards Argos Bakery. Continue along the street for
320 m/ 1000 ft passed the Bank of Scotland onto Graham Place where Northlight Gallery will be on your right. Next, follow the road for another
320 m/ 1000 ft until you reach Hellihole Road. On the left is a blue sign pointing towards the museum, carry on for 100 m/ 300 ft and you`ll find us on your left.
There is limited disabled visitor access due to the age of the building. The entrance and ground floor are level, there is a slight incline to the upper gallery of the ground floor. A stair lift to our Natural History collection is available, but there is no such access to our other galleries.
To access the Captain's Parlour and the Summer exhibition, speak with the custodian on duty who can arrange your access from the pier.
There is a disabled-access toilet at street level. Wheelchair access, hand rails and baby changing facilities are all available.