Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Welcome to the Russell-Cotes: House Gallery Garden – One of the most fascinating historic houses in England. The Russell-Cotes was the home of two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes.
There is a regular programme of exhibitions featuring both art and artefacts from the Russell-Cotes own extensive collections, and talks, tours and events take place throughout the year. See the website for full details, visit russellcotes.com.
“For many years I had it in mind that someday I would build a house after my own heart, as an offering of love and affection to my wife.”
In 1901, Merton gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary birthday present – lavish splendid, and with a touch of fantasy.
They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.
Then they sealed it in time and gave it to the future…
The main hall has a remarkable collection of high Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art, including many works by women artists. Other rooms house souvenirs from the couple’s travels, with works from Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the world-renowned Japanese collection. With stunning views, a serene cliff-top garden and stylish café, Merton’s extravagant gift to his wife is one of Bournemouth’s most intriguing visitor attractions.
Celebrate 100 years of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum:
This year we have a range of special events including themed late-night openings, touring exhibitions, talks and workshops, and more. There will be music, dancing, tours, craft activities and everything you expect (and some you don’t) from the Russell-Cotes.
With stunning views, a serene cliff-top garden and new outdoor terrace café, Merton’s extravagant gift to his wife is one of Bournemouth’s most intriguing visitor attractions.
Join us in 2022 to experience Bournemouth’s unique and unrivalled seaside arts attraction – a captivating homage to the power of love, for people, art, and place.
Access: the entrance is via a steep slope. Electric scooters must be outside, however a manual wheelchair is available. All parts of the building can be reached by lift, except the upper floor.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult/Senior||£8.50 per ticket|
|Annual Pass Holder||Free|
|Child (5-17 yrs)||£4.50 per ticket|
|Child (Under 5)||Free|
|Concessions||£4.50 per ticket|
|Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children)||£22.60 per ticket|
|Friends of the Russell-Cotes Member||Free|
|Student||£4.50 per ticket|
Entrance to the Cafe and Cafe gallery is without charge.
* The museum will be open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Please check the website for the most up to date information. Please check the website for the most up to date information as these days are subject to change.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good491
- 743neilfTaunton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesThe best of attractionsSaturday, 11th November 2023A friend's strong recommendation was not sufficient. It really is a must if you are in Bournemouth. It is fascinating and excellent value as an attraction. The cafe offers taste food at a great... Read full review
- L7059HUkentmFascinating & MesmerisingThursday, 23rd November 2023Visited last Sunday as we had been in Bournemouth the previous evening for a concert and decided to make a weekend of it. This is a fantastic and mesmerising place to visit. A lot of art and objet... Read full review
- Janet HWonderful Victorian museum , a must seeSaturday, 2nd December 2023Fantastic visit to this stunning museum and gallery. Hadn't been for years but have rediscovered it this year and what a treasure trove of wonderful things it is. We enjoyed the exhibition of Lucy... Read full review
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