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.

Fashion Cities Africa

  • 30 April 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

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.


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


Photo-punk: 40 images from the birth of punk by Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins

  • 22 November 2016 — 5 March 2017 *on now

2016 marks 40 years since the punk phenomenon first hit the streets and venues of the UK, leading to a pervasive musical, fashion and cultural movement. Explore punk’s earliest years through the photography of Kevin Cummins (NME) and Ian Dickson (Sounds), who captured the impact of bands including The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash and many more.


Free with Brighton Museum admission, members and residents free


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.

Babies in Museums

  • 6 December 2016 11:30am-12:15pm, 1:15-2pm

These fun and stimulating sessions are perfect for babies and toddlers aged up to 18 months and their grown-ups. Play and learn together in an exciting environment and discover new ways to nurture your child’s interests and confidence.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£5 per child (plus Brighton Museum admission), members £4, 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 You can also email 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.


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




03000 290900

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