Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Collections of toys, cinema, local history and fine art opened to the public in 1927

Hove Museum and Art Gallery’s collections include toys, cinema, local history, and fine art. It also boasts one of the finest craft collections in the country.

The gallery is housed in a late 19th Century Italianate Victorian villa which was originally called Brooker Hall. It was designed by architect Thomas Lainson and built for John Oliver Vallance. John Oliver died in 1893 and his widow continued to live in the villa until 1913.

The building housed German prisoners of war during WW1, and was opened as a public museum in 1927. The Jaipur Gate has stood in the grounds of the museum since 1926, having originally made for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1886 (London).

A significant collection of toys is displayed in the museum, alongside collections which celebrate the pioneering Hove film-makers of the 1890s and 1900s. There is also a Fine Art collection which contains three centuries of prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as a varied collection of contemporary craft objects.
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