Our Fine Art collection spans five centuries. It ranges from old masters to key 20th-century artists, as well as prints and drawings reflecting the history of Brighton & Hove.
Works from our Fine Art collection can be seen in three dedicated galleries and throughout the museum.
Highlights include ‘The Raising of Lazarus’ by Jan Lievens (1607-74) and ‘Swans at Play’ by Gaston La Touche (1854-1913), both of which are on display on the ground floor. Elsewhere in the museum you can find portraits of prominent local individuals such as the Indian shampooing surgeon and entrepreneur, Sake Dean Mahomed.
Exciting temporary exhibitions
Two of our dedicated art galleries host a rolling programme of imaginative temporary exhibitions.
The Heyer Gallery is the permanent home of the bequest of former Brighton resident Paul Heyer. This collection features work by key late 20th-century artists, including Frank Stella, Alexander Calder and Sir Anthony Caro.