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:


  • 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
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, 20th Century Art & Design Gallery

The Great Escape Presents: Canadian Blast at the Museum

  • 18 May 2017 7-10pm

Come and join the Canadians and celebrate a milestone as our friends from the Commonwealth celebrate their 150th Anniversary year. Take in some great emerging Canadian artists – see the next Arcade Fire, Feist and The Weekend, and enjoy light refreshments and all things Canadian in a unique space. A 'Museums at Night' Event.

Admission £8 in advance only. Free entry with a Great Escape Festival wristband.
You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues. You can also email if you have any queries.
A £1.50 booking fee may apply. Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Admission £8 in advance only. Free entry with a Great Escape Festival wristband.
Buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) A £1.50 booking fee may apply.


Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex




03000 290900

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Related teaching activities

Key stage 2 maths, 1 lesson

Ma3 Shape, space and measure

Look at images of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. What shapes can you see in the building? Compare these with the shapes that are seen in the Royal Pavilion Gardens. Identify any examples of symmetry in 2-D or 3-D shapes and discuss why some of the patterns may have been mirrored.

Key stage 3 art and design, 1-2 lessons

2.1 Explore and create

Imagine you have been asked to design a new entrance to the Royal Pavilion Gardens. Draw an open and inviting museum entrance using observations from online images of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Key stage 3 design and technology, Small project

1.4 Critical evaluation

Design a structure or piece of public art that can be housed in a sacred space in your local area based on the Hindu shrine at the World Gallery at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Key stage 3 ICT, 1-2 lessons

2.3 Communicating information

Create a map using software to show the changes that have taken place in the area where the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is situated.