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.
“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.
|Opening 2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Tuesday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00*|
* Open: Bank holiday Mondays.
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The Russell-Cotes may be closed for functions on occasion, please check website before your visit.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good475
- Noel MMost interesting place in BournemouthTuesday, 31st December 2019We had seen a program about this art gallery and museum on television and deceided then to pay it a visit . It was a couple of hundred miles to go and see but we made a bit of a holiday of our visit... Read full review
- J2421DSjosephbTrip Type:CouplesReception desk too busy to take payment to enter Museum.Friday, 3rd January 2020Arrived early afternoon to visit Russell-Coates Building and on approaching reception desk was told loudly ‘you will have to wait as I’m busy’. So my wife and I waited and after five minutes Without... Read full review
- James DAtmospheric delightSunday, 19th January 2020I am sorry to say as a Dorset resident I had vaguely heard of the Russell-Cotes but had not really had it on my radar as a place to visit. When we were invited to visit we thought it could be quite... Read full review