Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Preston Manor reopen this week

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Fans of pop legend David Bowie can enjoy some long-awaited Christmas culture when Brighton Museum & Art Gallery reopens this week. 

The hugely popular Rock ‘n’ Roll with Me: Bowie/MacCormack 1973 – 76 will reopen to the public again on Thursday 3 December at 11am.

The show of candid photos of David Bowie taken by his childhood friend Geoff MacCormack opened for just over a fortnight before the second lockdown was imposed. The show was fully booked throughout November meaning ticket holders have now had to rebook or been given a refund. 

Now visitors can book slots for the show through the Christmas and New Year period offering a welcome opportunity for some culture and music nostalgia. 

In addition enjoy the new Queer the Pier gallery, exploring the history of LGBTQ+ community in Brighton & Hove.   


A new display Designing an Enchanted Palace: The Crace decorators at the Royal Pavilion exploring the work of the Crace brothers, designers to the Royal Pavilion is also on show. In our Fine Art Gallery, a new show called Down from London: Spencer Gore & Friends revisits the influential work of the Camden Town Group.


At the Royal Pavilion, visitors can take advantage of the coronavirus restrictions imposing limited numbers to enjoy the splendid interiors of Brighton’s most iconic building. Guests can book up to six in a group, allowing families a welcome alternative activity.  

You will also be able to enjoy A Prince’s Treasure: From Buckingham Palace to the Royal Pavilion a loan of 120 exquisite items from Her Majesty The Queen.  The Chinese inspired pagodas, vases and furniture are usually to be found in Buckingham Palace but have been returned to the Royal Pavilion where they were originally in the in time of George IV over 170 years ago.

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Families will love the fascinating upstairs and downstairs stories to be found in Preston Manor, an elegant manor house near Preston Park which will re-open on Friday 4 December from 10am.

Chief Executive of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust Hedley Swain said: “We’re so pleased to be reopening for Christmas – we have lots to offer for everyone with our fantastic Bowie show as well as fine art, fashion and our local history galleries.

“Our buildings are Covid-safe and visitors can feel confident when they visit that their safety is paramount. We can’t wait to open the doors on Thursday knowing we have a wealth of rich culture and art to share with people in these difficult times.”

Visitors can also find some unusual and unique Christmas gifts on our online shop and our Royal Pavilion shop.  Many items are inspired by our collections and the exotic interior of the Royal Pavilion as well as souvenirs to accompany the current Bowie show at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

Proceeds of all sales go towards the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and many of our products are produced locally or made in the UK.

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