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.

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/

Queer Looks

  • 30 June 2018 — 25 August 2019 *on now

This fascinating display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress.

Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, singer Jimmy Somerville, journalist Sophie Cook, and trans campaigner Fox Fisher.

Admission

£5.20 adults, £4.20 concessions, £3.00 children

Website

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

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/

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 18 May — 8 September 2019 *on now

Discover awe-inspiring images capturing the incredible diversity of the natural world, from extraordinary animal behaviour to breathtaking landscapes. Uncover the surprising and sometimes challenging stories behind the photographs. On loan from the Natural History Museum, London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing sights.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £6, Child £3.50

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/exhibitions-displays/coming-soon/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year/

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.
Brighton Museum exterior

Free Day: Exploring our World

  • 20 July 2019 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family fun, hands-on creative activities and bite-size talks.

Take part in a range of special family events exploring the natural world, sustainability and how small actions can make big changes.

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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/free-day-exploring-our-world/

Brighton Museum exterior

Free Day: Remix the Museum

  • 24 August 2019 10am-5pm

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family fun, hands-on creative activities and bite-size talks.

Learn how to create amazing animations and Gifs using museum objects as inspiration. Your creation could feature in the upcoming Brighton Digital Festival display at the Museum. Use your own smartphone or the equipment provided.
With Brighton Youth Film Festival

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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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