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.

Experimental Motion: the Art of Film Innovation

  • 22 October 2016 — 4 June 2017 *on now

This new display tells the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day. Brighton and Hove have played a rich and important part in international film history: early film-making pioneers George Albert Smith and James Williamson who became known as the Brighton School worked here at the turn of the 20th century, while contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists have cemented the city’s status as a hotbed of experimental film. Funded by the John Ellerman Foundation and delivered in partnership with Videoclub, Screen Archive South East and Cinecity.


Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free


a painting of a Regency lady

Jane Austen by the Sea

  • 17 June 2017 — 8 January 2018

A new display at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton exploring Jane Austen’s relationship with the seaside, the Prince Regent and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death.

Jane Austen by the Sea paints a picture of the fashionable resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a thriving garrison town featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice.

George IV, who created the Royal Pavilion and spent long periods living there when he was Prince Regent, was a high-profile fan of Austen’s – and although she seemed not to approve of his lifestyle she was encouraged to dedicate Emma to him in 1815.

Highlights to include:

The manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, set in a seaside town in Sussex.
Examples of Regency costume and accessories, including a wedding dress that has never been on show before and a dress in the style of the ‘Brighton Walking Dress’ featured in a London fashion magazine in 1817.Brighton Museums, Prints, plans, Jane Austen, 2016
Letters from Jane Austen to the Prince Regent’s librarian, James Stanier Clarke.
One of Jane Austen’s music books.
Rare images of Brighton as it looked in Jane Austen’s lifetime.


Admission payable


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.
an oil on canvass of a seascape

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, 20th Century Art & Design Gallery

The Great Escape Presents: Canadian Blast at the Museum

  • 18 May 2017 7-10pm

Come and join the Canadians and celebrate a milestone as our friends from the Commonwealth celebrate their 150th Anniversary year. Take in some great emerging Canadian artists – see the next Arcade Fire, Feist and The Weekend, and enjoy light refreshments and all things Canadian in a unique space. A 'Museums at Night' Event.

Admission £8 in advance only. Free entry with a Great Escape Festival wristband.
You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues. You can also email if you have any queries.
A £1.50 booking fee may apply. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Admission £8 in advance only. Free entry with a Great Escape Festival wristband.
Buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) A £1.50 booking fee may apply.


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




03000 290900

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