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 — 29 July 2018
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 — 14 January 2018
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
Constable and Brighton
- 8 April — 8 October 2017 *on now
John Constable and his family stayed in the emerging seaside resort of Brighton between 1824 and 1828. During his time in Brighton, Constable made repeated walks along the coast and up onto the Downs.
Constable and Brighton will follow Constable’s own walking and painting sequences, illustrating the series of sketches and paintings he produced as he explored the local landscape. The exhibition will explore the impact and influence of the work he made here and bring back to Brighton for the first time sketches, drawings and paintings created during his time in the town.
Admission charge payable
Dig it! Family Archaeology day
- 15 July 2017 10am-5pm
Come along and meet archaeologists and discover ancient (and sometimes mysterious) artefacts from sites across Brighton & Hove, ranging from the Neolithic to the Victorian age. The day will feature special displays, craft activities, demonstrations and talks by experts to take you back through time and make the day an unforgettable experience.
Attractions on the day include:
Flint knapping demonstrations
3D artefact scanning and printing demonstrations by Brighton University
A geo-physics survey in the Pavilion Gardens
Clay pot making and decorating activities
Drawing and recording activities for all ages
A live archaeological trench in the Pavilion Gardens
A finds processing station
Costumed period characters
An opportunity to find out what bones/ human remains can tell us about life in the past
Talks on geology, bones and info on local archaeological sites
A finds display created by Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society
A dressing up area
A special display of artefacts from the museum’s archaeology collection
- Any age
Free Day: A Rainbow Museum
- 6 August 2017 10am-5pm
As part of Brighton’s Pride weekend, explore some of the hidden stories behind objects in the museum, visit the newly opened The Museum of Transology display and explore local LGBTQ history through five short films produced by Allsorts Youth Project.
- Any age
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove