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.
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.
Passion for Fashion: an evening of tales from Africa
- 28 October 2016 7-10pm
After-hours fun as Brighton Museum stays open for Museums at Night. Relax with a drink and listen to new stories and poetry by writers inspired by the role fashion has played on their lives. See the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition and get a closer look at objects from the Museum’s Africa collection.
Includes music and pay bar.
In collaboration with Writing Our Legacy.
£5, 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 you can buy tickets online 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.
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove