Reopening our Museums

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Update 20/07/20: we will be reopening the Royal Pavilion on 27 July. Watch our ‘welcome back’ video and read more about how to book your visit on our visitor FAQ.


The Royal Pavilion aims to reopen for visitors in late July to early August.  We are currently still installing new safety measures and preparing for safe visitor flow around the building. ​

In addition, we will be undergoing retraining of staff to ensure they are able to work safely and to ensure a safe environment for all our visitors.

Once we have reopened the Royal Pavilion, we hope to reopen Brighton Museum & Art Gallery late in August and Preston Manor for September.

Throughout the closures we have been working with Public Health England, Brighton & Hove City Council, the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and unions to ensure the buildings and work environments are safe for both visitors and staff. We are currently working on a ‘Welcoming you back video’ for visitors which outlines some of the changes they can expect to see when we reopen to reassure them the Royal Pavilion is a coronavirus safe attraction. These include:

  • Pre-booked timed entry to limit numbers
  • Hand-sanitiser stations at entry points
  • Perspex screens and barriers
  • Social distancing signage
  • A one-way visitor route
  • Removal of audio guides
  • A reconfigured retail space

In addition, we will be incorporating any new guidance which may be recommended by the Government.

We are very excited to welcome visitors back to the Royal Pavilion. They will be able to enjoy the wonderful Royal Collection Trust items installed in the building for a limited time. These items are on loan thanks to HM The Queen while Buckingham Palace is being renovated.

Visitors will also be able to see for the first time the newly refurbished Queen Victoria’s apartments which have been hung with the original elegant 19th-century Chinese export wallpaper. The paper was removed by Queen Victoria and taken to Buckingham Palace in the 1840s but sections were returned to Brighton in the 1920s and hung in the Saloon until its recent restoration.