Museums & Art Galleries Are Go

“It was lovely to visit the Pier Arts Centre again. The new hanging within a one way system delivers a calm and considered view of some of the collections most interesting and inspiring pieces.” Sue from Orkney. 

The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

People are being encouraged to explore the unique experiences on their doorsteps offered by Orkney’s museums and galleries this Autumn.  

Museums Galleries Scotland, the National Development Body for the Scottish museums sector, has turned its support to showcasing what museums and galleries are planning for Autumn and the half term holidays through its reopening campaign and the promotion of an interactive map which highlights the venues that are open across Scotland. 

With most of us staying closer to home, museums have focused on giving local families more reasons than ever before to visit, with inspiration and fun at the heart of what’s on offer.

From creating your own earthquakes to storytelling performances, museums and galleries staff have set their sights on making their attractions even more appealing for families looking to spend time together in a safe and stimulating environment. 

The sector has received a much-welcome boost with positive feedback from visitors excited to get back into their beloved museums and galleries. Delighted visitors across Orkney have shared their feedback directly with museum staff, as well as through review sites and social media to applaud the dedication of staff, the quality of exhibitions and the safety measures in place, which have not hampered their fun! 

Lucie, age 8, from Stromness, commented on her visit to the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness: 

“It’s different being in there with masks, but the artworks are the same! They haven’t changed. Loads of memories came back to me when I see the artworks again. They reminded me of when I was small and visiting family, friends and seeing people again.

“I enjoyed everything, it’s great to be back!”  

Lucy Casot, CEO at Museums Galleries Scotland, said:  

“We are really pleased that so many visitors have returned to Scotland’s museums and galleries this summer, and we’d love to see that enthusiasm continue for the rest of this year. 

“Museums and galleries have worked incredibly hard to create fun, inspiring and, above all, safe experiences for visitors. Now is the time to visit your favourite place, discover somewhere new and experience them like never before. This autumn, museums and galleries across Scotland will be offering a fantastic, safe indoor experience, which is perfect for the October holidays!”  

Hoxa Tapestry Gallery open by appointment

Isla Holloway, Marketing & Customer Services Manager, the Pier Arts Centre, said: 

“We have all been very aware that the systems we have in place to ensure the gallery is safe for visitors and staff have changed the visitor experience. However, seeing how pleased people have been to be able to come in and see our exhibitions has reminded me that we are still offering a unique and enjoyable experience. It’s lovely seeing people in the galleries again, enjoying the art and the atmosphere.”  

An interactive map is updated daily and shows which venues are open – it can be accessed online here. Before you go, check the museum’s website for opening times and safety measures that are in place.

Westray Wifie in The Westray Heritage Centre Credit Noel Donaldson

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