4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton & Hove
As Prince of Wales, George IV first visited Brighton in 1783, aged 21, partly on the recommendation of his doctors who thought that the sea water might ease the swellings in the glands of his neck. He also found the relaxed atmosphere of the town a welcome relief from the constraints of the staid and stifling court of his father, George III. The Prince's Royal Pavilion grew over 35 years from a simple farmhouse to a spectacular palace. In 1787 Henry Holland extended the original farmhouse into a neo-classical building know as the 'Marine Pavilion'. From 1815-1823 John Nash used new technology to transform the Pavilion into the Indian style building that exists today.
Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.
Museum, Historic house or home
Open all year round.
October to March 10am-5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)
April to September 9.30am-5.45pm (last admission 5pm)
Closed 24 December (from 14:30) and 25 & 26 December
Admission charges 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013:
Child (5-15) £5.70
Concessions £8.00 (ID required)
Part of Brighton & Hove Museums' Designated Collection of Decorative Art, which you can also see at Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Preston Manor, 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.
The Royal Pavilion's lavish interiors combine Chinese-style decorations with magnificent furniture and furnishings. Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the Palace's magnificent furniture and furnishings.
Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the Palace's unique style mixes Asian exoticism with English eccentricity. Daring and inventive colours feature throughout, and there are many original items on loan from HM The Queen.
Social History, Personalities, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Turner in Brighton
Capturing Brighton’s history as a seaside resort, this painting had previously been out of sight in private ownership for over 100 years. In January 2012 the work was put up for auction, and the Royal Pavilion & Museums successfully acquired it, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation.
The exhibition celebrates the acquisition of Brighthelmston, Sussex by showing how Turner and his contemporaries perceived the town at the height of its development in the 1820s, during the reign of George IV.
Loans from national galleries such as Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collectors will provide the context for Brighthelmston, Sussex.
- Any age