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
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.
£6.20 adult, £3.60 child
Our Plastic Ocean
- 25 July — 17 October 2020 *on now
Our Plastic Ocean, by international award- winning photographer Mandy Barker, addressing the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution will be the first online show opened by Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
The show will be on display as part of the new Oceans Blue website launched by the museum dedicated to exploring the environmental threats to our oceans, the importance of research into our seas and some of the Sussex environmental heroes and organisations dedicated to supporting them.
Coinciding with National Marine Week 2020, Our Plastic Ocean show will be available to be viewed online only for 12 weeks. The exhibition was to have been on show in Brighton Museum but following the closure of the venue following the lockdown, it has been moved online.
Photographer Barker collects debris from shorelines across the world and transforms them into powerful and captivating images. At first glance, her images are reminiscent of sea creatures and corals suspended in a dark void beneath the sea, but closer inspection reveals a more disturbing reality.
- Any age
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove