Brighton is a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors with its lively nightlife, quality shopping and abundance of restaurants and bars. But it’s also a hub of culture with galleries, theatres and festivals around every corner. Nestled in the city’s cultural quarter, near the North Laines area is Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. With the backdrop of the Royal Pavilion, it’s not hard to miss, and there’s a whole host of wonders inside…all to enjoy for free!
A recent redevelopment has transformed the museum, and it now has even more to see and ways to interact. There are a number of different galleries focused on specialist areas, catering for all tastes. If you’re a slave to fashion, the Fashion and Style Gallery is a designer’s dream with its fantastic costume collection and alternative outfits. Drama queens should head to The Performance Gallery to see masks, puppets, instruments and more from performances all over the world. Brighton Museum’s world art collection is one of the most significant of its kind, with objects from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. You can even discover more about the museum’s hometown in the Exploring Brighton galleries. The Museum is housed within a beautiful 19th century building, and surprisingly enough, has almost as many fine art paintings as the National Gallery!
Nearby, Hove Museum and Art Gallery
is a trove of toys, cinema and local history. Set within a stunning Victorian villa, it was opened to the public in 1927. The building has a history as a house for German prisoners of war, before beginning its life as a museum. Inside, the collections are family-friendly and accessible to all. Kids will love the Wizard’s Attic, where a magical toy treasure chest awaits, filled with dolls, teddy bears and trains. There is also a leading contemporary crafts collection on display, renowned as one of the finest craft collections in the country. The gallery showcases modern and classic work, from both local and international artists.
As with Brighton Museum, entrance is free, so the collections are available for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great way to expand the number of visitors, allowing different audiences to learn and appreciate the arts. Although both museums showcase very different exhibitions, they are two of the finest institutions in the South East and make for a stimulating visit.