Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

East Sussex, BN1 1EE

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From Dalí's Mae West-lips sofa and Philippe Starck's Alessi lemon squeezer design to ancient Roman treasures and George IV's outsized breeches, the eclectic Brighton Museum and Art Gallery houses collections of international and local importance.

Originally a stable complex for King George IV, the 19th-century building now includes the Brighton Dome concert hall.

The Ancient Egypt galleries display 600 items from one of the UK's major Egyptology collections. They offer a window into the lives, beliefs, technology and environment of the ancient Egyptians and provide background on the excavation of the objects.

Further exhibits include a world art collection that spans two millennia, a fashion gallery, a fine art gallery with some 2,000 paintings and a large collection of portrayals of Brighton, including films, audio, images and local ephemera. Galleries on the themes of 'performance' and 'body' explore the history of these topics on a global scale.

The Brighton History Centre, located on the upper floor of the museum, is the main information resource for Brighton cultural and family history.

Art we’ve helped buy at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Among a host of Art Funded works at the museum, Walter Richard Sickert's oil painting Brighton Pierrots (1915), part of the Tate Collection, reflects well the local and international significance of the gallery. Sickert watched the eponymous theatre troupe on the Brighton seafront every evening for five weeks, making drawings in preparation for the final work.

The sense of loneliness which pervades the painting is characteristic of Sickert's late work. The effect is amplified by the presence of empty deckchairs, reminding us that the scene was captured during World War I.

Part of the Romano-British collection, the bronze Statuette of a stag dates from the first century AD. A rare piece, it was discovered just north of Brighton by an enthusiast with a metal detector. An Art Fund grant of £7,644 helped to save the sculpture from being exported.

Venue information

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)