Summer holiday family fun at Brighton & Hove Museums

Join Brighton & Hove Museums for a summer of art, culture and family fun across their venues. The Roger Bamber: Out of the Ordinary exhibition continues at Brighton Museum and features many iconic photographs of Brighton, its people and landmarks. 

Children aged 5-11 will enjoy the Summer Art Clubs running at both Hove Museum of Creativity and the Booth Museum of Natural History. Older children aged 14+ can take part in the workshops at Hove Museum themed around the exhibition Godai: Japanese Woodcuts.

Escape room experts Pier Pressure continue to take over Preston Manor with their new detective game Clue Company, running across the summer holidays, – fun for all the family. 

For more information or to book visit brightonmuseums.org.uk 

Brighton & Hove residents can also enjoy reduced admission to the Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museum with up to four accompanying children free of charge and all tickets are now valid for a year. 

2022 Jubillee. Credit Brighton&Hove Museums

Exhibitions & Displays 

Roger Bamber: Out of the Ordinary

Continues until Sunday 3 September 2023
BRIGHTON MUSEUM

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members free
This major exhibition celebrates the life and work of popular Brighton based photographer Roger Bamber (1944–2022).
He lived in Brighton, and the city and its people feature in many photographs including iconic images of the seafront, the Royal Pavilion and the dramatic Victorian sewers.

See the Sea

Saturday 22 July 2023 to Spring 2024
BRIGHTON MUSEUM FINE ART GALLERY

Free with Brighton Museum admission, members free
Artists have been inspired by the sea at Brighton & Hove since it was a tiny 16th-century fishing village.  This family-friendly display of paintings includes dramatic seascapes and beachside scenes. Sail through romantic seas and skies to views of today’s vibrant seafront.  

Children & Family events 

Clue Company – A Murder Mystery at the Manor

Throughout the summer holidays
PRESTON MANOR

Slots between 10am to 7pm, 60 minutes, groups 4-18, £29pp for teams of 4-5 people, £26pp for teams of 6+. Suitable for age 8+
Book in advance pierpressure.co.uk/escape-room/cluecompany/
Pier Pressure, Brighton’s award-winning escape rooms, presents a new puzzle solving adventure at Preston Manor.  Ditch the board game and let the mystery come to life! Immerse yourself in our new open-world, thrilling adventure in a most spectacular setting.

Clue Company at Preston Manor

Origami workshop: Paper Wings

Thursday 6 July
HOVE MUSEUM

2-4pm £10, members £8, book in advance. Ages 14+
Get creative making origami birds in this workshop. Once you’ve learned how to fold a bird, you’ll be encouraged to experiment with different types of recycled paper (i.e. packaging, sheet music, letters, maps etc.) to create a unique set of birds. During the final part of the session, participants will be shown how to gather their birds into a beautiful hanging mobile.

Introduction to Calligraphy with Mari Maeda

Saturday 8 July
HOVE MUSEUM

2–3pm £20, members £18, book in advance. Ages 14+
Enjoy the mindful essence of Japanese brush and ink calligraphy. In this fun and practical session, Mari will explain some of the basics of Japanese calligraphy. From the importance of body posture to the different types of brush strokes, she will guide you to gracefully create the flowing, Japanese characters known as ‘Kanji’. 

Calligraphy

Block printing inspired by Japanese prints

Sunday 16 July
HOVE MUSEUM

10.15am–12.30pm & 1.30-3.45pm £12.50, members £10, book in advance. Ages 6-9
Create your own incredible Japanese-inspired ‘Kamon’ print in this workshop. ‘Kamon’ in Japanese translates as ‘family crest’. Discover more about Japanese art, whilst also learning a simple, fun Japanese Woodblock printing technique.
All materials provided.

Lantern making workshop

Thursday 27 July
HOVE MUSEUM

2-3.30pm £7, members £5, book in advance. Ages 4+
Make your very own Japanese-inspired paper lantern in this fun family workshop. Lanterns will be illuminated by LED tea lights and all materials will be provided.

Summer Art Club at Hove Museum

Mondays 24 & 31 July, 7, 14 & 21 August
HOVE MUSEUM

10am–12pm & 2–4pm £5, members £4, book in advance. Ages 5-11
Each week we will take inspiration from Hove Museums collection for our summer art & craft workshops.

Hove Museum art workshops Credit JJ Waller

Summer Art Club at the Booth Museum

Wednesdays 26 July & 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August
BOOTH MUSEUM

2–4pm £5, members £4, book in advance. Ages 5-11
Each week we will take inspiration from the Booth’s collection for our summer art & craft workshops.

Paint the Sea

Fridays 28 July & 4, 11, 18 & 25 August
BRIGHTON MUSEUM 

10am-12pm & 1-3pm Free with Brighton Museum admission, members free. All ages
Come and be inspired by our new exhibition See the Sea and paint a picture in the Fine Art Gallery.

Summer at the Booth Museum 

Continues until Wednesday 20 September
BOOTH MUSEUM

Free admission, drop-in during opening hours
This year we are celebrating the seasons at the museum with some pop-up decorations, trails and independent activities to do. Come along and find out more about summertime in the UK and about the mammals you might see around the world on your dream holidays.

Read our guide to more museums and galleries to explore across Sussex

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