Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Everyone will find something old and interesting to peer at here.

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Family-friendly, if not a little eccentric, it begins when you walk through the huge Indian gate made for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886. Now start exploring galleries featuring toys, film, craft, local history and paintings.

Mouths will hang open at the Wizard’s Attic toy collection centred on the wizard's workshop for broken toys. An imaginative mock-up of a child’s bedroom is split in half. One side shows kids how their rooms might’ve looked in Victorian times, while in the other they can spot the more familiar items of today.

Did you know that Hove played an important role in the birth of cinema? Well, now you will hear all about the pioneering Hove film-makers of the 1890s and 1900s and watch their rare film footage.

Check out the star objects from the Southern and South East Arts Craft Collection and see the process of craft-making in action.

So whether you’re at a loose end or your wit’s end, be distracted here. 

 

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