Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

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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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

Admission currently free, from 5 May 2015 admission charges will be introduced to visitors from outside of Brighton & Hove. The museum remains free to Brighton & Hove residents.

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.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Beyond the Mantelpiece

  • 13 May 2014 — 9 May 2015 *on now

The Museum Mentors Group, a group of individuals with varied critical social needs, have created a film and a new display of ceramic objects around the theme of charity in response to objects within the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery.

This display forms part of the ‘Out of the Blue Waide Project,’ within the framework of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

War Posters

  • 11 November 2014 — 7 June 2015 *on now

A display of original First World War posters from the museum’s own collections. The posters tell the stories of the push for enlistment and ultimately conscription, of women workers, the plight of Belgian refugees and of our other allies, of rationing as the U-boat blockade bites, and of government requests for financial help as the cost of the war starts to hit hard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Bravery Remembered: Massy Wheeler’s Victoria Cross

  • 14 April — 7 June 2015 *on now

Recently rediscovered within the museum’s collections, Major Massy Wheeler’s Victoria Cross and other campaign medals are displayed to mark the centenary of his posthumous award for gallantry in Mesopotamia during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, Residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett

  • 2 May — 6 November 2015

Quirky automata, magical mechanical contraptions from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and fabulous flying machines are among the whimsical and wonderful inventions of Rowland Emett (1906-1990).

The Exploratory Lunacycle has brought its moon rock samples to Hove Museum and the Humbug Major is thinking of sweets
The Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper is cleaning in the Royal Pavilion
The Featherstone Kite Flying Machine has swooped into Brighton Museum
The Ornithologist is busy at the Booth Museum
and at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The Fairway Birdie is playing golf.

In collaboration with The Rowland Emett Society

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Check our website for admission information

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 2 May — 6 September 2015

Discover awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breath-taking wild landscapes in this world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, London.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the most prestigious photography event of its kind, provides a global platform that showcases the natural world’s 100 most astonishing and challenging pictures.

Also on display are intriguing items from the Royal Pavilion & Museum’s outstanding natural history collections. See all kinds of wonderful creatures up close including a gorilla, a pangolin and a giant anteater. Our friendly Exhibition Explainer will answer your questions and tell you more.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Views of Brighton & Hove in the early 19th century

  • 9 June — 11 October 2015

A unique opportunity to view a series of topographical prints and drawings held in the private collection of Henry Smith and the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ own collection

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5, members, Residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Ocean Blues

  • 6 September — 31 December 2015

The oceans are home to more than half of all life on earth, cover 70% of the earth’s surface and have supported life for millions of years, but the last century has seen the oceans devastated with the invention of plastics and industrialised methods of fishing.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, Residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

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.

Bite-size Museum

  • 24 January — 28 April 2015 *on now

Pop-up guided tours, short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff. Amber, artists, archaeology and Africa are just a few of the subjects covered this spring.

Admission

Free

The Great Escape presents...

  • 16 May 2015 7-10pm

Limited number of tickets available for this very special Museums at Night event hosted by Brighton Museum and The Great Escape. See the gallery spaces transformed by a series of exclusive acoustic performances from a whole host of artists hand picked by Europe's leading festival for new music. You might just catch the next big thing!

Featuring:

8-8.30pm – Lowpines – Lo-fi Americana pop songs. Here’s what the musos think:

“Beautiful” Lauren Laverne 6Music
“a slow-burning torch song that could safely guide you through the disorientating wilderness of heartbreak.”
Q Magazine – Tracks of the week

8.30-9pm – Moumoon – moumoon is a made-up term with a French word “mou(soft)” and “moon”: soft moon. Yuka’s soft, warm and edgy voice is like no other and the impressive melody that Masaki creates unite beautifully. Their songs with sensitive and dynamic arrangements gently embrace listeners like the phrases of the moon.

8.45-9.15pm – Daisy Victoria – the child of a former cyclist and hairdresser, Daisy Victoria has been described by Lauren Laverne as ‘a rising star’, and released her second EP ‘Nobody Dies’ in 2014.

“If PJ Harvey and Kate Bush defied science and procreated, Daisy would be their love child” London In Stereo.

9.15-9.45pm – Charlie Straw – Originally from the Wirral and now based between Leeds and London, Charlie’s musical influences vary from Johnny Flynn and Ray LaMontagne through to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. His music sits somewhere between Folk and Blues, drawing on love and heartbreak, and everything else that his formative years have taught him.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5 in advance, £7 on the door. Free entry with a Great Escape Festival wristband. Please phone 03000 290902 to book, or buy tickets from any of our venues, or book online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk.

Website

http://greatescapefestival.com/

I Spy Museum

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Follow the I Spy Museum trail and take a peep at some museum treasures.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, Residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Ethical Taxidermy Workshop

  • 4 July 2015 9:30am-5pm
  • 11 July 2015 From 9:30am

Learn the basics of the fine art of taxidermy in our start to finish, hands-on workshop run by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long. The workshop runs over two days and will teach you the basic taxidermy techniques required to skin, flesh, preserve and mount a bird specimen to take home. Check our website for full details.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£250 (early bird price £225 – book by 29 May), members £220, book in advance You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Go Wild

  • 23 July — 6 November 2015

This Summer pick up an Amazing Animal trail and find out about curious creatures from around the world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, Residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Jaws ‘n’ Claws

  • 7 August 2015 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, 3-4pm

Live mini beast handling with Phil and his amazing menagerie, including snakes, lizards and giant bugs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Family of 4 £21, family of 3 £14, individuals £7, members £6, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

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