This isn't just a beach resort. The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, in building 4-5 of the Royal Pavilion, is an amazine treasure trove, with no entrance fee to visit - open daily except Mondays.
Galleries include: Art Nouveau; fashions and styles from Regency to the present; puppets, masks, costumes and musical instruments; fine arts including works by Constable, Turner, Stella, Calder, Hogarth, Gainsborough, and William Blake; late 15th century woodcuts, old masters of major European schools, 20th century works including New York abstract expressionists. In all nearly 1,500 oil paintings, 4,000 watercolours and drawings, and over 10,000 prints.They also display topographical materials on the history of Brighton & Hove, and prized Chinese export watercolours and oils.
Also in their collection: 13,000 items from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, dating back two millennia, ranging from textiles and religious iconography to performance-related material. It illustrates how British people, specifically those of Brighton, have engaged with the world. The Financial Times calls it "one of Britain's richest collections of non-western art."