Popular tourist attractions are to close for maintenance.

Brighton and Hove City Council venues in line for investment include the Royal Pavilion, Hove and Brighton museums and the Booth Museum of Natural History in Dyke Road.

The move will mean a series of closures from November.

Improvements will be made to the Royal Pavilion's tea room, the Long Gallery's worn carpet replaced, lighting in some spots will be improved and some redecoration will take place.

Booth Museum's shop will receive a makeover, the foyer's layout improved and extensive cleaning and redecoration carried out. Some interactive displays will be renovated.

Hove Museum and Art gallery will get new toilets, a deep clean and redecorated.

Brighton Museum will also be deep cleaned and the wooden floor in the 20th Century Gallery will be stripped and resealed.

Exact dates for closures will be confirmed but the attractions will not be shut at the same time.

It is likely that Booth Museum will be closed briefly in November, the Royal Pavilion early January and Brighton Museum in March.

Hove Museum will probably be tackled in autumn 2009.

Funding will come from existing maintenance budgets.

Councillor David Smith, cabinet member for culture, said: "This is a plan to polish the city's crown jewels.

"It's vitally important they look smart as they're seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

"These are our key heritage assets and their condition sends a powerful message about the council and the city."

The costs are not yet known although the council believes £34,000 of income will be lost while the venues are closed.

The proposal is on the agenda for one of the council's new cabinet member's meetings on June 10 at Hove Town Hall.