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:

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/plan-your-visit/admission-charges/

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.
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The Museum of Transology

  • 20 July 2017 — 4 November 2018 *on now

This bold, brave and profound collection of artefacts and photographic portraiture began with donations from Brighton’s vibrant trans community. It is now the largest collection representing trans people in the UK – if not the world.

This display challenges the idea that gender is fixed, binary and biologically determined by exploring how the objects reflect the participants’ self-determined gender journeys.

This launches Be Bold, a series of collaborative exhibitions and events, programmed with Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £5.20
Child £3.00
Concession £4.20
Brighton & Hove Residents FREE

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/the-museum-of-transology/

Glyn Philpot

  • 20 July 2017 — 22 September 2018 *on now

This display explores the artist’s life, including his relationships with Henry Thomas and his patrons, his hope to reconcile the religious image with the contemporary and the modernising impact he had on portraiture.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission fee payable. Adult £5.20, Child £3.00, Concession £4.20

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/glyn-philpot/

John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints

  • 12 December 2017 — 3 June 2018 *on now

The significance of John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints book – published just after the outbreak of war in November 1939 – in his artistic development is widely recognised, but has never before been explored in detail. The slim volume of landscape views, with its marbled paper boards, hovered on the brink of Victorian pastiche; while his choice of a printmaking medium redolent of the early 19th century seemed a perfect match for the architectural period of the town.

But for all the nostalgia of its subject and style, Brighton Aquatints was a clear indicator of Piper’s awareness of avant-garde art. This display will explore Brighton Aquatints through related books, letters, sketches, prints and designs, and will be curated by architectural and design historian Alan Powers. It will coincide with the publication of a new edition of Piper’s Brighton Aquatints with an introduction and commentary by Powers, published by The Mainstone Press.

Admission

Adult £5.20
Child £3.00
Concessions £4.20

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/john-pipers-brighton-aquatints/

ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert and George

  • 28 April — 2 September 2018 *on now

Gilbert & George are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership, who have created art and shared their lives together for fifty years. By presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures’ they challenge the distinction between art and life; sacrificing their separate identities and turning the notion of creativity on its head. The playful and ambiguous works on display, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS and Tate collections, explore universal themes including sex, faith, and identity.

Admission

£5.20 adult, £4.20 concession, £3.00 child. FREE for young people (26 and under) & members

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/artist-rooms-gilbert-george/

Queer Looks

  • 30 June 2018 — 25 August 2019

This fascinating display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress.

Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, singer Jimmy Somerville, journalist Sophie Cook, and trans campaigner Fox Fisher.

Admission

£5.20 adults, £4.20 concessions, £3.00 children

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/queer-looks/

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.

Object Journeys Fashioning Africa

  • 31 March — 26 September 2018 *on now

Featuring stunning new objects collected by Brighton Museum as part of the Fashioning Africa project, and objects loaned from the British Museum, these displays showcase textiles and garments from Nigeria and South Africa, reflecting changing fashion practices.

Co-created with Fashioning Africa Collecting Panel members Edith Ojo and Tshepo Skwambane and part of a collaborative project with the British Museum called Object Journeys, a three year Heritage Lottery Fund funded programme. This national programme aims to support community partners to research and explore museum collections and create new displays in response to this investigation.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission payable

Brighton Museum Free Days: Together

  • 24 June 2018 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display.

Join us for a family-friendly day of music, food, art activities, theatre workshops and story-telling led by refugee and migrant groups from across Brighton and beyond.

Part of the Crossing Borders festival, with Sanctuary on Sea. With Brighton Dome & Festival and Jubilee Library.

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/together/

Brighton Museum Free Days: Summer Open Day

  • 7 July 2018 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display.

Visit for a summer open day at Brighton Museum. Prepare to be surprised…

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/summer-open-day/

Brighton Museum Free Days:

  • 18 August 2018 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family activities and a chance to get up close and personal to objects not usually on display.

Enjoy a day of dress-up, make-up, pop-up talks, performances and workshops with the Queer Looks young project team.

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities take place between 11am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/you-are-what-you-wear/

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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