Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
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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.
Visit the Hidden Highlights Life in Lockdown exhibition until 12th September 2021
“The most enthralling experience in Bournemouth”
“A must-see, even on the sunniest day in Bournemouth”
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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||£7.50 per ticket|
|Annual Pass Holder||Free|
|Child (5-17 yrs)||£4.00 per ticket|
|Child (Under 5)||Free|
|Concessions||£4.00 per ticket|
|Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children)||£20.00 per ticket|
|Friends of the Russell-Cotes Member||Free|
|Student||£4.00 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 Good484
- Diane-Louise WBradford, United KingdomLovely placeWednesday, 14th July 2021We went here on a wet morning and really enjoyed it. Great place and a great story attached to it. Worth a visit for £7.50 each Read full review
- Ilovenice_10London, United KingdomDon’t miss this gem of a place.Friday, 16th July 2021A bit like Hearst Castle on a smaller scale this museum is just a delight. The house and gardens as well as the artefacts and paintings make this a very interesting and engaging place to visit. Very... Read full review
- Vacation51496159341Trip Type:Friends getawayGreat place to wipe away a couple of hoursSaturday, 17th July 2021This is a gem of a place. An imposing Victorian house with extraordinary things go and artworks collected by one couple. So interesting. And unlike all other museums nothing is roped off so you... Read full review
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