Hove Museum and Art Gallery

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.[1]

The museum is housed in Brooker Hall, originally a villa.

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.

The toy collection traces its origins back to the 1950s, when Leslie Daiken founded the National Toy Museum and Institute of Play.

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.[2]


  1. ^ "History of Hove Museum & Art Gallery". 22 February 2012. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012.
  2. ^ Trimingham, Adam (3 October 2009). "Shaping our city". The Argus. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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Coordinates: 50°49′47″N 0°10′52″W / 50.8297°N 0.1812°W / 50.8297; -0.1812