Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
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)
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
Chilled to the Bone: Ice Age Sussex
- 16 March 2013 — 18 January 2014 *on now
Using the Royal Pavilion & Museums natural history and archaeology collections this new display explores the ice age. More relevant than ever today, the ice ages throughout Earth’s history can help to indicate what effect climate change could have on our modern world, and how those changes could impact on our future.
Ice ages are also intrinsically linked to the story of man, as we have only existed while ice has been present at the poles. The display looks at how ice has driven our evolution, why we have survived whilst the Neanderthals perished, and what the disappearance of ice from the poles could mean for our survival.
The display also tells the fascinating story of the Victorian 'great bone rush', an intensive search by scientists and gentleman collectors across Europe, looking for the origins of modern humans. Sussex was often at the centre of this search, from early archaeological discoveries of tools, to the controversy of the Piltdown forgery, and finally the discovery of Boxgrove Man, the oldest known human ancestors in Britain.
- Any age
Women Artists in the Fine Art Collection - From Angelica Kauffman to Gillian Ayres
- 27 April 2013 — 15 July 2015 *on now
This display seeks to highlight the work of women artists in the Fine Art collection. Paintings and drawings from the 18th century to the late 20th century by artists such as Angelica Kauffman and Mary Beale are shown alongside modern works by Theres Lessore, Sylvia Gosse, Vanessa Bell, Hilda Carline, Dod Procter and Gillian Ayres
- Any age
- 12 October 2013 — 9 March 2014 *on now
From high fashion to high street consumerism, cheeky ceramics to controversial chairs, provocative lamps to ‘rubbish’ jewellery, this major exhibition subverts your preconceptions and challenges your relationship with objects you use on a daily basis.
Subversive Design explores how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that provoke and amuse. For over 200 years craft and design have been used to engage and challenge political and social issues in both obvious and more hidden ways.
The exhibition includes work by a wide range of designers and makers, including Alexander McQueen, David Shrigley, Studio Job, Philippe Starck, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Campana Brothers, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery.
Adult £6, child (5-15 years) free, concession £4, disabled £4, B&H resident (with proof of address) £3. To buy tickets call 03000 290900 (Mon-Fri), email firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at any of our venues.
Dr Brighton’s War: Hospitals and Healing in Brighton during WW1
- 9 July — 31 August 2014
Brighton & Hove played a full part in the Great War, not only by providing hundreds of young men to fight, but also as ‘Doctor Brighton’ a hospital city where wounded soldiers were sent to recover in healthy ‘Sussex by the Sea’, before being sent back to their regiments or discharged into civilian life.
This pictorial exhibition on Brighton seafront will tell how Brighton & Hove was transformed by the presence of the many military hospitals required to treat the increasing number of casualties returning from the Front. As a seaside resort the city was ideally suited to entertaining these young men and distracting them from the horrors of war, but more importantly, Brighton played its part in retraining the seriously injured and preparing them for their integration back into society after life-changing injury.
The exhibition features images from photographs, postcards and posters held in the Royal Pavilion and Museums’ collections.
- Any age
War Stories: Voices from the First World War
- 12 July 2014 — 1 March 2015
Curators are currently researching stories for the exhibition and have been interviewing local people to collect their family stories and memorabilia. Stories to be featured are still being finalised and details will be confirmed nearer the time.
The range of stories to be featured could include a soldier on the Western Front, women on the front line, a conscientious objector, and a child growing up in wartime. The exhibition is part of a European funded Interreg 2Seas project, working with museums in Belgium and France.
- 17 December 2013 10:30am-12pm
Early Years sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects. To buy tickets call 03000 290900 (Mon-Fri), email email@example.com or in person at any of our venues.
- Family friendly
- Any age
£4.50, members £3.50, book in advance.