COVID-19 UPDATE: Orkney Wireless Museum will remain closed to the public for the 2020 season.
Breathe in the nostalgia of radio from over the years, from the grand designs of the 1930s to the compact transistor radios of today.
Listen to an actual 100-year-old crystal set, and learn what the 'cats whisker' actually was and looked like. Children can play tennis on the early computer game or try their steady hand on the wire game. Adults can switch on and tune into a 1950s valve set.
The wartime section has displays showing how Scapa Flow and the Home Fleet were protected during WW2. Displays include a replica radar station, bomber radio equipment, Spitfire radios, and an actual 'spy suitcase' radio. There are also items on display taken from interned German ships, including a U-boat radio.
On the lighter side we have Orkney's first juke box and a selection of novelty transistor radios in the form of sauce bottles, cigarette packets, computers, cameras and many other shapes and forms!
A selection of wartime photograph albums are available to browse through, or you can watch a DVD on the laptop computer. Come along and visit a rare and unusual Museum - you might actually remember more of the items than you may think!
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 14:30 - 16:30