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.

Ocean Blues

  • 6 September — 31 December 2015 *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.

Suitable for

  • 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 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.



  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with admission to the museum, members and residents free

Ben Rivers: Ah, Liberty!

  • 12 — 29 November 2015 *on now

This special screening, during Brighton film festival CINECITY, celebrates our new acquisition of the artist Ben Rivers’s 16mm films Ah, Liberty! and Origins of The Species (2008). Moving between documentary and fiction, and shot on 16mm film, a medium which is fast becoming obsolete, Rivers’s films offer a glimpse into the lives of people existing at the margins of society.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with admission to the museum, members and residents free

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




03000 290900

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