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
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
The Museum of Transology
- 20 July 2017 — 29 July 2018
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.
- Any age
Brighton & Hove Residents FREE
Constable and Brighton
- 8 April — 8 October 2017 *on now
John Constable and his family stayed in the emerging seaside resort of Brighton between 1824 and 1828. During his time in Brighton, Constable made repeated walks along the coast and up onto the Downs.
Constable and Brighton will follow Constable’s own walking and painting sequences, illustrating the series of sketches and paintings he produced as he explored the local landscape. The exhibition will explore the impact and influence of the work he made here and bring back to Brighton for the first time sketches, drawings and paintings created during his time in the town.
Admission charge payable
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove