Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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




03000 290900

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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 free

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

From Downs to Sea: A Slice of Life

  • 5 April — 15 June 2014 *on now

Art works from the Arts Council Collection selected by residents of Portsdale and West Hove.
Seascapes by L S Lowry and Jeffrey Camp; rural scenes by Peter Doig and Edward Burra; and urban images by Carel Weight and David Redfern are all included in this exhibition.

Indian Hospital at the Royal Pavilion Brighton

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Brighton Seafront





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.



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.

Familiar Faces, Hidden Spaces

  • 19 April 2014 *on now

Discover the hidden histories of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome.


Please check admission and booking details.

Paint it Late

  • 15 May 2014 7-10pm

Join the friendliest crowd in town for an arty party after hours. Discover the secrets behind famous paintings, get messy with paint, explore community curators From Downs to Sea favourites, drink creative cocktails, take part in speed life drawing and dance your berets off at our very painterly silent disco.

A Museums at Night event.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


£5, members £4 in advance, £7 on the door
Please call 03000 290902 to book or book online at