A history of Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Is there a more spectacular setting for art than in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate? It’s hard to imagine one - the building itself is a cultural phenomenon commissioned by the Prince of Wales and completed in 1805. The museum and art gallery moved into the property in 1902, and underwent a major refurbishment in 2002.

Paintings at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

The art section of the building contains many fine works, including examples of decorative art from Britain, Europe and America from the 17th century to the present day. Visitors will be impressed by the Fine Art Collection, which features paintings, mixed media, prints and drawings dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Works by the Old Masters and items donated by noted surrealist collector Edward Jones are also on show.

Collectormania at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

The museum’s collection is very varied. Half a million insects are held in the natural sciences collection, which also features examples of British birds as well as zoological and geological items. There are also archaeological pieces, a toy collection (including a toy toolbox said to have been made by Lewis Carroll) and the film and media collection, which concentrates on the development of Britain’s early film industry. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Brighton Art Gallery and Museum? Travelodge Brighton Hotel, Travelodge Brighton Seafront Hotel and Travelodge Hickstead Hotel are all just a short journey away.