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5 marvellous museums to spend time at in Brighton

Museums are a great choice for a family day out and, with a variety of different museums in Brighton, you’re sure to be able to find one that appeals to everyone in your group. 

Whether you’re into toys, fishing, arts or history, there’s a museum in Brighton for everyone; you’ve just got to know where to look. That’s where we come in, with a handy list of the best museums to visit in Brighton.

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Brighton Toy and Model Museum

A fun-filled day out is in store for kids, parents and the all-round young at heart when you take the opportunity to explore thousands of incredible toys and models from through the years. 

Here you’ll be able to get an up-close look at a delightful collection of model trains and towns, Lego and dolls, among more than 60 different exhibits. The Brighton Toy and Model Museum offers visitors family passes and student discounts as well as cheaper prices for children so book today and get lost in the world of toys.

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Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Part of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, this Brighton museum hosts exhibits on everything from Ancient Egypt to rock ‘n’ roll via 20th Century art, which truly promises something for everyone.

The museum sits just a 10-minute walk from the train station so, whether you’re travelling to Brighton from the outskirts or another city, getting there is easy thanks to frequent trains to Brighton throughout the day.

There are a fair amount of free museums in Brighton but, for the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, you’ll need to be a Brighton & Hove resident for free entry. If you’re not, then check out the admission charges before visiting.

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Brighton Fishing Museum

Brighton’s fishing community boasts a rich history and it is rightly celebrated in a museum of its own thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

At the Brighton Fishing Museum, you’ll be taken on a journey through time as you learn about the old fishing community in Brighton and its transformation into a seaside resort. The museum also hosts art exhibitions in its gallery and offers signwriting courses to all.

What’s more, admission into the Brighton Fishing Museum is free, so you’ll be easily able to combine it with trips to other museums in the area.

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Royal Pavilion 

With a history stretching back over 200 years, the Royal Pavilion Museum in Brighton tells a story of its own as you walk through the grounds that were once used as a pleasure palace for King George IV and, later, a First World War hospital.

Explore the royal bedrooms, the music room and the Indian military hospital gallery as you take a stroll through history at this fascinating Brighton museum. 


Booth Museum

Explore Brighton’s natural history museum which commemorates the beauty of birds, mammals, insects and marine life. 

Welcoming people of all ages, you’re never too young or old to educate yourself on the wonders of nature and, with this being one of the free museums in Brighton, it’ll feel all the more rewarding when you enjoy a grand day out at the Booth Museum.


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