United Kingdom

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
East Sussex
Phone: 00 44 +1273 292882
Website: http://www.brighton.virtu

Brighton Museum And Art Gallery

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery was transformed by a £10 million redevelopment.
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 the latest interactive information technology.
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 project is part of a larger regeneration scheme creating a vibrant cultural centre in and around the Royal Pavilion estate in the heart of the city of Brighton & Hove.

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Permanent Collection

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery houses a number of collections. For example the 20th Century Decorative Art and Design collections are among the finest in the Britain. The World Art collection includes objects from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Americas, ranging in age from several thousand years to the contemporary. Strengths include puppets, masks and world textiles, including an especially important collection of textiles from Burma.
Other collections include:
Fine Art, Fashion and Style, Body, Performance, Discovery. Images of Brighton, Mr Willett’s Popular Pottery and Exploring Brighton.
Also in the same building is the Brighton History Centre which holds an extensive range of material belonging to Brighton & Hove City Council's Museums & Libraries for the study of Brighton's history and culture, both past and present.


Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has a varied programme of exhibitions and displays taking place throughout the year. Check our website for up-to-date details:

Previous Exhibitions

Alice Maher: Natural Artifice 27 January to 9 April 2007
Alice Maher works in a wide variety of media - including sculpture, installation, drawing and photography - to create surprising pieces that trigger emotional responses. Many of her works draw on myth, history or folklore; all are beautifully and delicately crafted, yet have an underlying twist to them

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Indigo: A Blue to Dye For
29 September 2007 to 6 January 2008

The exhibition spans indigo’s rich history from burial cloths in Roman Egypt to 16th–18th century domestic textiles, and clothing dyed in India and imported to Europe by the East India Company. In addition to historical textiles, Indigo: A Blue To Dye For features the work of many contemporary craftmakers from Britain, Japan, India, Bangladesh and West Africa, illustrating the survival – and adaptation to contemporary fashions – of indigo. Some of the works have been commissioned for the show.



Opening hours

Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 2-5pm
Closed Mondays, except public holidays 10am-5pm
Closed 24-26 December, 1 January

Getting there

The Museum is fifteen minutes walk from Brighton train station. Buses stop either outside the Royal Pavilion on Steine Gardens, or on North Street which is within 5 minutes walk of the Museum. Brighton is well connected to London by road and rail.


Photography and filming is permitted for private use only and may not be reproduced.
Filming is not permitted in the temporary exhibition galleries. The use of tripods is not permitted.

Wheelchair Access
All areas of the Museum are accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There is also a fully accessible toilet.
School parties, both for independent visits and Education Services, must book in advance with Museums Education on 01273 292843 or by email
School Parties
Coach drop off point: Church Street
Lunch Room available, £5 booking fee for 30 minutes, lunch room must be booked in advance with Museums Education

Gift Shop
Brighton Museum Gift Shop stocks items reflecting the spirit of eclectic design in the museum


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Whatever topic you are teaching, Brighton & Hove Museums will help to bring it to life. Mini-beasts, Victorian mousetraps, African masks, toys and Egyptian Mummies – you will find these and much more in Brighton & Hove Museums. Our friendly and helpful Education Team will help you plan and make the best of your visit.
Brighton & Hove Museums offer:
Handling Sessions – our hands-on active learning workshops help you meet the requirements of the National Curriculum complimenting work in the classroom.
Gallery Talks and Guided Tours – an opportunity to be shown the collections by our experts. All talks and tours can be tailored to your class’ needs.
Independent Visits – how to make the best use of self-directed visits to our sites.
Temporary Exhibitions – a range of talks and activities to tie in with our museums’ changing exhibitions programme.
Outreach – hands-on workshops with museum objects bought to you in your classroom.
Resources – to support classroom and museum learning.
Continuing Professional Development for Teachers - museum teacher led workshops giving the opportunity to explore the collections and galleries, to support classroom and museum learning.
To find out more or to make a booking please contact Museums Education.
Telephone: 01273 292843
Fax: 01273 292841


For information about events for families at Brighton & Hove Museums visit and search the database of events or download a copy of our current leaflet.


For information about events for children at Brighton & Hove Museums visit and search the database of events or download a copy of our current leaflet.


For information about events for adults at Brighton & Hove Museums visit and search the database of events or download a copy of our current leaflet.


The Friends of the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery & Museums is a charitable organisation that supports Brighton’s museums in many ways, from raising funds to purchasing new exhibits and providing volunteer help with special events and activities.

As a member of the Friends you enjoy a range of exclusive benefits, as well as helping to ensure that the city's unique cultural heritage is preserved for future generations.
For more details and a membership form telephone +44 (0)1273 292789, or e-mail

Venue hire

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery offers excellent corporate hospitality opportunities in historic surroundings filled with beautiful paintings, furniture, glass and ceramics.
As a venue, the Museum is particularly suitable for informal events, such as cocktail parties and buffets with live classical or jazz music for up to 500 people.
The redevelopment of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery included the reinstatement of the Museum’s original entrance in the Pavilion gardens and the creation of a spacious entrance hall. The entire Museum can be hired for events for up to 500 people, whilst the ground floor can be hired alone to accommodate up to 300.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery provides a room hire service and operates a list of recommended caterers.
The in-house functions team are experienced at assisting clients in devising hospitality to suit every occasion.
For more information or to hire the venue, e-mail the Functions team on or telephone + 44 (0)1273 292815 or 292813