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 from 24 October - 18 April 2021.
“The most enthralling experience in Bournemouth”
“A must-see, even on the sunniest day in Bournemouth”
The Guardian Travel
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.
* Coronavirus Reopening
The museum will be open Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 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:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good481
- LucyAvitarOxford, United KingdomExcellent afternoonWednesday, 9th December 2020My husband and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the museum. Very enjoyable while staying at the lovely Hotel Collingwood Bournemouth Read full review
- Zoe BWorthing, United KingdomAround the World in One HouseWednesday, 16th December 2020I had seen a picture of the stained glass ceiling in this house online, so when I was in Bournemouth recently, I jumped at the opportunity to visit. I rally wasn't disappointed. Having worked on... Read full review
- jenn0tLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyUncaring staffMonday, 29th March 2021Incredibly bad experience with staff. Had visited the museum a few years back and really enjoyed it so we were delighted to pop back again. There was 1 person booking tickets/ buying membership... Read full review
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