Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
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)
£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.
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
Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity
- 15 March 2015 — 20 November 2016 *on now
This display tells the previously untold story of the 6,000 amputee soldiers who received treatment, rehabilitation and training at the Royal Pavilion during the First World War.
Views of Brighton & Hove in the early 19th century
- 9 June 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now
A unique opportunity to view a series of topographical prints and drawings held in the private collection of the late Henry Smith and the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ own collection.
We would like to thank Dr Sue Berry and Lavender Jones for their assistance with this display. The display is dedicated to the memory of the late Henry Smith.
Normal admission charges apply
- 6 September 2015 — 7 June 2016 *on now
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.
- Family friendly
£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 email@example.com 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.
- 3 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now
A century ago over a hundred piers fringed the British coastline, built to provide a tantalising taste of the sea, without getting wet. Today, less than half of these still stand. Internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts, who lives in Brighton, has completed a three-year quest to document all of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers. Simon’s striking and evocative photographs celebrate the personality, architecture and history of each structure. Our gallery explainers will be on hand to share interesting objects and stories about Brighton & Hove’s own contrasting piers.
- Any age
Free with admission to the museum, members and residents free
White Hawk Hill
- 8 March — 10 April 2016
A special showing of White Hawk Hill, a site-specific film by Red Earth and Anna Lucas, in collaboration with archaeologist Dr Matt Pope and abandofbrothers, a charity that mentors young men. Recorded on location over a year, this artist-made film reconnects us with a hidden Neolithic landscape shared by two cultures nearly 6,000 years apart.
Normal admission charges apply
Fashion Cities Africa
- 30 April 2016 — 8 January 2017
Explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa.
The exhibition focuses on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Museum staff and Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings visited the cities in summer 2015 (supported in part by the Art Fund through the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme) to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.
Bite-size Museum: Passion for Piers
- 9 February 2016
Pop-up short talks and closer looks at stories from our eclectic collections led by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff. Perfect for lunch-time!
Learn more in the last talk in the Pierdom series on the fascinating history of pier entertainments. With Explainer Jackie Marsh-Hobbs.
Mysteries of the Deep
- 16 — 17 February 2016 11am-3pm
Get close to amazing objects from our Natural Science collections and find out more about life beneath the sea in this fun half-term session for all the family.
Meet Bearded Dragons and other creatures
- 7 April 2016
Jaws ‘n’ Claws present live mini beast handling with Phil and his amazing menagerie including Bearded Dragons, snakes and giant bugs.
Family of 4 £21, family of 3 £14, individuals £7, members £6, book in advance. All ages. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove