Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues - Sun: 10.00-17.00
Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00

Closed Mon (except public holidays)

Admission charges

£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:

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/admission-charges/

Discounts

  • 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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £5.20
Child £3.00
Concession £4.20
Brighton & Hove Residents FREE

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/the-museum-of-transology/

Glyn Philpot

  • 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.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission fee payable. Adult £5.20, Child £3.00, Concession £4.20

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/glyn-philpot/

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.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission
Adult £5.20
Concession £4.20
Child £3.00

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/frank-brangwyns-prints/

Queer Looks

  • 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.

Admission

£5.20 adults, £4.20 concessions, £3.00 children

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/queer-looks/

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2018 - Holbein

  • 13 October 2018 — 6 January 2019

A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling is one of Hans Holbein the Younger’s earliest English portraits and it is one of his most engaging and beautiful works. This touching portrait holds many secrets to decode. Alongside this 16th Century Masterpiece, the functions and meanings of portraiture from the period will be explored through a selection of works from our own collection.

The Masterpiece Tour reflects the National Gallery’s commitment to promoting the understanding, study and appreciation of its collection to as wide an audience as possible. A major Gallery painting is touring the UK each year between 2018 and 2020. This year, Holbein’s A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (Anne Lovell?) has travelled the length and breadth of the country and will be on its final stop before returning home, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it here in Brighton.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.20 Adult, £4.20 Concession, £3.00 Child

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/the-national-gallery-masterpiece-tour-2018/

The Snowman™

  • 20 October 2018 — 6 January 2019

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations for Raymond Briggs’ much loved classic picture book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.20 Adult, £4.20 Concession, £3.00 Child

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/the-snowman/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

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.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission payable

Brighton Museum Free Day: People in Pictures

  • 13 October 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.

To celebrate the arrival of Holbein’s masterpiece painting, A Lady with a Starling and a Squirrel (Anne Lovell?), join us for a free day of bitesize talks and workshops to create your own masterpiece.

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/people-in-pictures/

Brighton Museum Free Day: Black History Family Day

  • 24 November 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.

Join the fun, sample the food, dance to the beats of the rhythms, join the creative workshops and listen to the stories. This year Black History has a special focus on Thomas Highflyer, a 12 year old African Slave Boy buried in Woodvale Cemetery in 1870.

With Brighton & Hove Black History Group and Brighton Dome & Festival

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Brighton Museum Free Day: The Snowman™

  • 8 December 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.

With Christmas around the corner, take a break from shopping and get creative with activities and workshops inspired by The Snowman™ exhibition.

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/free-day-the-snowman/

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 1EE
England

Website

www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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