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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Stunning Modernist Collection

This beautiful small museum has probably the best collection of British Modernists, outside London... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Loved it

Every moment was great. Loved the service. The crew was helpful and very entertaining and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art donated by Margaret Gardiner (1904 - 2005). Alongside the permanent collection The Pier Arts Centre curates a year round programme of temporary exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This beautiful small museum has probably the best collection of British Modernists, outside London. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. All were collected and donated by Margaret Gardiner. Alongside them in this lovely pier-side gallery are excellent works by Orcadian artists - probably...More

Thank Arnoldbakers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every moment was great. Loved the service. The crew was helpful and very entertaining and friendly. The snorkeling at The Cook Monument was amazing.

Thank mom_bergmann
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small local Art Museum featuring local and unique exhibitions. Appropriate size and displays for a small community. For the traveler ... public WC inside.

Thank Storyteller-N03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Gallery by accident really - we were filling in time before boarding the ferry back to Scrabster. It is wonderful! The architects responsible should be very proud. I knew Andrew Doolan and he would be so pleased that this building won...More

Thank EllaE2834
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This gallery has fewer than 200 exhibits - enough to spend an hour or two, but not overwhelming. Housed in a beautiful building, it displays works by Orkney artists and many of their well-known friends, collaborators and colleagues, such as Barbara Hepworth. A worthwhile visit.

Thank Relaxationseeker_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying next door and walked past for 5 days before venturing inside. What a revelation. Instead of a few local scenes and a gift shop, we found a stunning collection of mostly 20th century British art. Lots of Hepworth, Nicholson and Wallis as...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 23 June 2017

The collection of British Modern art at The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness must be the envy of many larger institutions. I was amazed at the variety on show and particularly impressed with the large sample of work from Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. The...More

Thank amiddletonsct
Reviewed 11 June 2017

The Pier Arts Centre is a real gem and a credit to Stromness. It is a beautiful building in lovely surroundings with an outstanding permanent collection. Thanks to a legacy this remote gallery has some unexpectedly well known artists' work on display which they supplement...More

Thank Annie M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

The entrance gives little indication of what a marvellous modern treasure house of brilliantly curated art there is inside. Nor of how well the difficult site has been adapted to its new purpose. I have always had a slight prejudice against film being called art...More

Thank Whittlesford
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We were originally going to only take the morning snorkel but after having such an amazing time we decided to then do the evening manta snorkel as well. This was probably one of the best days of my life, it was so nice having a...More

Thank 9maureens94
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