In May 2015 we introduced charges of £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2.80 for children for admission to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. These charges do not apply to Brighton & Hove residents, Royal Pavilion & Museums members, students at the city’s universities and FE colleges or UK children on school visits. We also offer free and discounted admissions to various groups, and a heavily discounted charity rate.
At the Royal Pavilion and Museums we value every visitor highly, and work hard to offer great value for money. Fee-paying visitors to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery gain free entry to all of the venue’s exhibitions, and admission to Hove Museum & Art Gallery and the Booth Museum of Natural History remains free. Existing admission charges at our Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor venues are unchanged.
Across the Royal Pavilion & Museums we generate 77% of our £6.9 million running costs from commercial activity and grants (based on 2014/15 budget), while Brighton & Hove City Council contributes 23%. From 2015 to 2018 this contribution will drop by an anticipated 40-50% as the local authority adapts to a challenging funding situation. By introducing admission charges for Brighton’s strong tourist and day-visitor markets we are on-track to cover approximately 1/3rd of this funding reduction.
These charges have largely been well-received, and by introducing them we aim to safeguard other areas of museum activity such as exhibitions, learning, conservation, curation services and community engagement projects. They are just one of several approaches we are taking to meet our anticipated funding reduction over the next three years, including developing new business models, increasing venue hire, reviewing our other charging policies, increasing on-site donations and promoting membership and individual giving.
– Janita Bagshawe, Head of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove