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:


  • 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 — 29 July 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


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


Glyn Philpot

  • 20 July 2017 — 14 January 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


A King's Appetite

  • 30 September — 5 November 2017

A King’s Appetite is a new sculptural installation that takes inspiration from Royal Pavilion & Museum Collections including caricatures by James Gillray and George Cruikshank satirising aspects of the life of the Prince Regent, and imagery found in the Willett Collection of pottery and porcelain.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5.20 Adult, £3.00 Child, £4.20 Concession


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.
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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


Brighton Museum Free Day: Diwali

  • 15 October 2017 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum. Museum Lab will feature a related Discovery Day on each of these dates, including fun family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display.

Celebrate Diwali, the ‘festival of lights’, with family-friendly activities, storytelling, dressing-up and much more.
With the Hindu Women’s Group, Brighton & Hove

Suitable for

  • Any age


Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex




03000 290900

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