The museum tells the story of the naval anchorage in the First and Second World Wars.
Located a few minutes’ walk from the Lyness ferry terminal the museum is centred around the former fuel oil pumping station at Lyness Naval Base, (HMS Proserpine). The fascinating 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.
Large exhibits are housed in one of the tanks that once held 12,000 tons of fuel oil for the fleet, and in the Romney Hut that forms the final point on this trail, whilst the pumphouse itself contains three Lancashire boilers, built by Wilson’s of Glasgow, and six steam powered triple-expansion duplex Worthington pumps.
The museum is open March – October and admission is free. The popular Pumphouse Café is open from Easter – October.