The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery reopened in May 2002 with a complete redisplay of its splendid and varied collections. Vibrant and original new galleries provided greatly improved access to the Museum's nationally and locally important collections. Objects are now displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including the latest interactive information technology.
The Japanese collections in Brighton are divided between Fine Art, Decorative Art and World Art. Fine Art includes a small holding of Japanese prints including examples by Hokusai, Hiroshige, Eisen and Eizan. Decorative Art includes ceramics (stoneware and porcelain), metalwork, (mostly small decorative bronzes and some interesting iron teakettles) and ivories. Unfortunately there are few Japanese objects currently on display except in the World Art Galleries. The World Art holdings include carvings (ivories, wooden objects and stone carvings), figures (including bronze religious objects), clothing (including a fireman��s helmet), personal and domestic items as well as military equipment (including armour and swords and daggers). There is also an interesting collection of Nō masks.