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.

All the King’s Horses: The story of the Royal Stables and Riding School

  • 2 April — 29 September 2019 *on now

This new display showcases unusual and rarely-seen images of the Royal Stables and George IV’s love for all things equestrian. Sourced exclusively from the city’s own collections, it tracks the story of George’s passion for horses from his first visits to Brighton in the 1780s to the creation of the magnificent new stables complex (now the Dome and Corn Exchange), built between 1803 and 1808.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Brighton Museum admission payable

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/all-the-kings-horses-the-story-of-the-royal-stables-and-riding-school/

See Portraits, Be Portraits

  • 4 January — 30 November 2019 *on now

Come and see some of our wonderful portrait paintings chosen by local teachers from Cottesmore St Mary’s and Varndean School. You can even create your own picture using some of the resources in the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Brighton Museum admission payable

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/see-portraits-be-portraits/

image of print

Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts

  • 28 September 2019 — 12 January 2020

Come with us on a journey to explore the ‘floating worlds’ of Japan through woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868). The style of prints on display is known as Ukiyo-e, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’. Ukiyo-e prints show pleasurable activities in beautiful surroundings and often have deeper meanings.

Guided by haiku poetry, the exhibition invites you to mindfully experience the sights of 19th century Japan. Explore the city of Edo (now called Tokyo), visit the Kabuki theatre, watch fireworks and peek into private spaces. To get some air, take a stroll through the Japanese countryside, see the sea or climb high into the mountains.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.00 adults, £3.50 child

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/floating-worlds-japanese-woodcuts/

Families of Artists: Scott & Earp

  • 1 October 2019 — 29 March 2020

This display features watercolours and prints by the Scott and Earp families, both founder members of the Brighton Art Society. Spanning five generations, from the early 19th to 21st century, the display also includes family objects, photographs and letters.

Admission

£6.00 adult, £3.50 child

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/families-of-artists-scott-earp/

Queer the Pier

  • 7 December 2019 — 13 December 2020

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

£6.00 adult, £3.50 child

Website

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

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.

Poetry Reading

  • 24 October 2019 1-2pm

Local Poet Subhadassi recites a selection of his work. A practising Buddhist, much of his work is imbued with a light hearted but subtle spirituality.

Admission

Brighton Museum admission payable

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/poetry-reading/

Brighton Museum

Free Day: People and Portraits

  • 26 October 2019 10am-5pm

Drop-in for a day of mindful drawing. Create your own portrait inspired by work on display in the museum and get stuck in sketching objects from our collections.
Part of the Big Draw Festival.

Please note the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities run 11am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/free-day-people-and-portraits/

Brighton Museum

Free Day: Black History Family Month

  • 9 November 2019 10am-5pm

Take part in this family-friendly day of fun activities, with creative workshops, live music, storytelling and delicious food. With Brighton & Hove Black History Group and Brighton Dome & Festival.

Please note the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities run 11am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/free-day-black-history-family-month/

Brighton Museums

Free Day: The Mindful Museum

  • 7 December 2019 10am-5pm

Relax and escape the mayhem of December with calming and reflective workshops and activities.

Please note: the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities run 11am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/free-day-the-mindful-museum/

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

Website

http://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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