Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, with its rich and diverse collections, creates a vibrant cultural centre in and around the Royal Pavilion estate in the heart of the city of Brighton & Hove.
Dynamic and innovative galleries provide greatly improved access to the Museum's nationally and locally important collections. Objects are displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including interactive information technology.
Improved facilities include: the Museum entrance in the Royal Pavilion gardens with a spacious foyer and shop; improved disabled access; education facilities with an art room and a dedicated education 'pavilion'. The Museum has worked with community groups to broaden access to its collections and services. A Hindu shrine in the World Art gallery created with the local Gujarati community, and oral histories of local people are examples of these collaborations.
This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.
Tues - Sun: 10.00-17.00
Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00
Closed Mon (except public holidays)
£5.00 - Adults
£2.80 - Children
The museum remains free to Brighton & Hove residents.
To see a full list of fees and concessions, please visit here:
- Museums Association
- National Art Pass
- International Council of Museums
- English Heritage
The World Art collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.
The Designated collections of non-western art and anthropology include particularly fine textile collections, such as the Green Collection from Burma.
Part of Brighton & Hove Museums' Designated Collection of Decorative Art, which you can also see at Preston Manor, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton Pavilion, is on display here. Please contact Brighton Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.
The collections of decorative arts include the Regency furniture and silver-gilt displayed in the Royal Pavilion, the Macquoid furniture at Preston Manor, the Willett Collection of ceramics illustrating popular history, and outstanding holdings of British and European 20th century decorative design and craft.
Highlights at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery include the nationally important collections of 20th Century Art & Design, Fashion, Paintings, Ceramics and World Art.
World Cultures, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Religion, Personalities, Performing Arts, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
The Museum of Transology
- 20 July 2017 — 4 November 2018 *on now
This bold, brave and profound collection of artefacts and photographic portraiture began with donations from Brighton’s vibrant trans community. It is now the largest collection representing trans people in the UK – if not the world.
This display challenges the idea that gender is fixed, binary and biologically determined by exploring how the objects reflect the participants’ self-determined gender journeys.
This launches Be Bold, a series of collaborative exhibitions and events, programmed with Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities.
- Any age
Brighton & Hove Residents FREE
- 20 July 2017 — 22 September 2018 *on now
This display explores the artist’s life, including his relationships with Henry Thomas and his patrons, his hope to reconcile the religious image with the contemporary and the modernising impact he had on portraiture.
Brighton Museum admission fee payable. Adult £5.20, Child £3.00, Concession £4.20
ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert and George
- 28 April — 2 September 2018 *on now
Gilbert & George are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership, who have created art and shared their lives together for fifty years. By presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures’ they challenge the distinction between art and life; sacrificing their separate identities and turning the notion of creativity on its head. The playful and ambiguous works on display, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS and Tate collections, explore universal themes including sex, faith, and identity.
£5.20 adult, £4.20 concession, £3.00 child. FREE for young people (26 and under) & members
Frank Brangwyn’s Prints
- 5 June — 30 September 2018 *on now
Frank Brangwyn (1867–1956) achieved early fame as a printmaker, and made over 1,000 original prints in his lifetime. His work is characterised by an intense sympathy for the daily labour of humanity. During the 1930s he gave away much of his work, and the Royal Pavilion & Museums holds one of the country’s largest collections of prints by Brangwyn. This display of etchings and lithographs from the Fine Art collection captures the range of his work.
Brighton Museum admission
- 30 June 2018 — 25 August 2019 *on now
This fascinating display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress.
Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, singer Jimmy Somerville, journalist Sophie Cook, and trans campaigner Fox Fisher.
£5.20 adults, £4.20 concessions, £3.00 children
Object Journeys Fashioning Africa
- 31 March — 26 September 2018 *on now
Featuring stunning new objects collected by Brighton Museum as part of the Fashioning Africa project, and objects loaned from the British Museum, these displays showcase textiles and garments from Nigeria and South Africa, reflecting changing fashion practices.
Co-created with Fashioning Africa Collecting Panel members Edith Ojo and Tshepo Skwambane and part of a collaborative project with the British Museum called Object Journeys, a three year Heritage Lottery Fund funded programme. This national programme aims to support community partners to research and explore museum collections and create new displays in response to this investigation.
Brighton Museum admission payable
Brighton Museum Free Days: You are what you wear
- 18 August 2018 10am-5pm
Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display.
Enjoy a day of dress-up, make-up, pop-up talks, performances and workshops with the Queer Looks young project team.
Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.
- Any age
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
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