Coronavirus closure at Royal Pavilion & Museums

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The Royal Pavilion & Museums has temporarily closed all venues following advice from the UK Government in managing Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This includes the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Booth Museum of Natural History and Preston Manor.

View of Royal Pavilion with pink garden flowers in forgeroundAlthough we had been hoping to keep our galleries open so that our visitors may look to art and culture for inspiration and solace in these uncertain times, we believe that closure is the best way to protect our staff and visitors and for us to support the efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Ticket holders to our museums or events will be notified and offered refunds or rescheduled tickets over the next few days.

Enjoy our museums online

While we are closed, we’ll be spending more time exploring ways for visitors to enjoy our wonderful exhibitions and collections in a digital space. There is a lot you can do online already: you can browse through images of our collections, listen to our podcast, read our First Women of Sussex blog, or take a virtual walkthrough of the Booth Museum’s Osteology gallery.

We have more digital initiatives coming soon, so please sign up to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates.

Please support us

In line with many cultural organisations, we are anticipating financial hardship following closure and so we are asking our visitors to donate all or a percentage of the cost of the ticket to our charitable fund.

You can also make a donation online.

Planning for the future

We are hoping to reschedule as many shows and events as possible in the future, and look forward to updating you on those plans.

Our dedicated staff are the heart of Royal Pavilion & Museums and each and every one of them makes the organisation a welcoming, creative, and dynamic place. We are committed to supporting all of our employees during this unprecedented time.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email us at You can find further details on our Contact Us page.

For future updates check back on our website or sign up to our mailing list. We will also post updates on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

More information

  • Culture in Our City directory by the Brighton and Hove Arts and Creative Industries Commission.