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

To see a full list of fees and concessions, please visit here:

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

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • 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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Queer the Pier

  • 22 January 2020 — 1 February 2022 *on now

This community curated display peers into local LGBTIQA+ history. Celebrating the lives of the writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people who have made Brighton & Hove so fabulous, their stories are brought to life with film and photography, fashion and drag and oral histories.

Admission

£6.20 adult, £3.60 child

Website

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

Down from London: Spencer Gore & Friends

  • 15 July 2021 — 2 October 2022 *on now

Over a hundred years after their landmark exhibition surprised and delighted Edwardian Brighton, this colourful display revisits the influential work of the Camden Town Group. Explore the passions and principles driving the friends to use bold styles and colour to transform English painting in the early 20th century. The highlight is the newly acquired Spencer Gore painting The West Pier, Brighton, 1913.

Admission

Free with Brighton Museum admission

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/down-from-london-spencer-gore-friends/

Designing an Enchanted Palace: The Crace decorators at the Royal Pavilion

  • 15 July 2021 — 13 March 2022 *on now

This new display reveals around 50 rarely seen original designs for the Royal Pavilion interiors dating from the early 19th century, and gives an intimate insight into how the Royal Pavilion interiors were created by decorators John and Frederick Crace under George IV. Also on show are Asian porcelain, enamels, glass paintings, hand painted wallpaper and images of China that inspired the Craces’ work.

Admission

Free with Brighton Museum admission

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/designing-an-enchanted-palace-the-crace-decorators-at-the-royal-pavilion/

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.

Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me - Bowie/MacCormack 1973-76

  • 17 October 2020 — 23 January 2022 *on now

An exhibition of unique photographs taken by David Bowie’s close friend and travelling companion Geoff MacCormack between 1973-76.

From Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs’ tour across the USA, Japan and the UK via Russia (on the Trans Siberian Express) to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the recording of Station to Station, this exhibition of intimate photographs, gives a glimpse of a close friendship, and life on the road with one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

The exhibition includes recently rediscovered and never previously seen images of Bowie alongside rarely seen film footage shot by Bowie of the May Day Parade in Moscow, 1973, film of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, and a specially created exhibition playlist.

Tickets for this exhibition must be purchased online in advance of your visit. All tickets are sold for a designated time slot. This is so that we can maintain a socially distanced environment for our visitors and staff.

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/rock-n-roll-with-me-bowie-maccormack-1973-76/

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 1EE
England

Website

http://www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

E-mail

info@rpmt.org.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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