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Two guided tours of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery are available for groups.
Maximum 30 people per tour. Larger groups can book two or more tours.

Introduction to the museum

Available all year
Duration one hour
This dynamic and innovative museum and art gallery contains nationally and locally important collections. Our whistle-stop tour looks at the best the museum has to offer, and how to make the most of it during your visit.

Tailor-made tour

Available all year
Duration one hour
Choose three of our galleries to explore in more detail. Choose from:

  • 20th Century Art & Design
    One of the finest collections of its kind in Britain, it is designated as being of national importance.
  • Mr Willett’s Popular Pottery
    Presented as a gift in 1903 by Henry Willett, a founding father of Brighton Museum, this collection of pottery and porcelain illustrates British popular history.
  • World Art
    Including objects from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Americas, and an especially important collection of textiles from Burma.
  • Images of Brighton and Exploring Brighton
    Trace Brighton’s development from fishing village to cosmopolitan city. Featuring ‘snapshots’ of the beach, the resort, its architecture and varied communities, these galleries reveal the realities of life in Brighton. Find out about health, housing, religious and civic affairs, sports and social life.
  • Fine Art
    Displays of works on paper are regularly renewed in the Prints & Drawings gallery, important 20th century American modern art is in the Heyer Bequest gallery, and highlights from the collection are shown in the picture gallery.
  • Fashion & Style
    Focused on key themes of special significance for Brighton, exhibits range from costumes worn at George IV’s coronation to examples of contemporary street style.
  • Spotlight gallery
    This gallery features changing temporary displays. The current display Ocean Blues opened on 6 September 2014.
  • Performance
    Puppets, masks, costume and musical instruments celebrate the human capacity for performance throughout the world.
  • Ancient Egypt
    Across two galleries, displays show burial practices, beliefs, and daily life, including personal adornment and technologies, and information on archaeological excavations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A special collection of Nubian material is also featured.

For guided tour prices and how to book go to Group prices and booking

Combine the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Preston Manor

Preston Manor is a 15 minute drive from the Royal Pavilion estate (where the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum are located) and therefore a visit to two or more attractions can easily be achieved on the same afternoon or morning, or in the same day including a break for tea at the Royal Pavilion.

Gift shop

There is an excellent gift shop at Brighton Museum offering a superb range of stylish gifts, crafts and souvenirs.

Exhibitions

Our galleries house a range of changing exhibitions, from major national shows to themes of significance to Brighton and the region.

We can offer you discounted group rates for our fee-paying exhibitions. Please contact us for more information.

Travel information for groups

For more information visit How to get to Brighton Museum

Drop-off

If your group is arriving by coach they can be dropped off on Church Street, before taking the coach to Madeira Drive.

Parking

There is coach parking on Madeira Drive.
Coaches can set down and pick up passengers on Madeira Drive open all year, 24 hours. Rates £15 per day. There are three pay and display machines which accept cash only.

When Madeira Drive is closed for special events, set-down and pick-up points are transferred to Marine Parade between the SEA LIFE centre and Lower Rock Gardens. Set-down is on the north side of Marine Parade and pick-up points along the south side. Telephone 01273 290337 for further information on closures.

Public transport

Brighton Museum is 15 minutes walk from Brighton station, which has fast train connections to London Victoria taking under an hour, as well as connections to Gatwick, London Bridge and the City, Luton and Ashford International.
Local buses stop either outside the Royal Pavilion on Old Steine, or on North Street which is within five minutes walk.

On arrival

The group leader should make their way to the gift shop in the main entrance on arrival. You will need your booking reference, group name and payment if applicable.