Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Hove

Hove Museum and Art Gallery is a municipally-owned museum in the town of Hove, which is part of the larger city of Brighton and Hove in the South East of England. The museum is part of "Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove", and admission is free. Opened in 1927 by the Hove Corporation, the museum is located in a late 19th-century villa originally known as Brooker Hall.
The museum features a toy gallery that includes a significant collection of dolls, teddy bears, mechanical toys, toy trains, dollhouses, rocking horses and tricycles. Another focus is contemporary crafts and fine art. The museum also includes local history displays, and a collection of early cinema artifacts from the 1890s and 1900s.

Brooker Hall was constructed in 1877 by the architect Thomas Lainson for Major John Vallance. The building is in the Italianate style made popular by Osborne House, Queen Victoria's residence on the Isle of Wight. It stands in grounds now laid out as a public park.
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Hove Museum and Art Gallery Reviews

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  • The building itself is interesting, the staff welcoming and the collections well curated. The children's section is as good as many more famous ones. There was an excellent ceramic exhibition when.....  more »
  • I went to the hove museum today and it was the worst museum I’ve ever been to. There was hardly anything there. Apart from the Anglo-Saxon section there was no information. I was literally in and out....  more »
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  • A small museum with interesting content including some local history and changing displays. Good activities for children. Used to have a nice cafeteria but this has now closed. Worth a visit.
  • I love this museum. It is not large. It is free. Lots of old toys and arty things which are fun but the best is the early days of cinema and the fact Hove was a significant film producer. Sit in Old cinema seats and watch the short films. No cafe now though or would get five stars.

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