Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dawn A
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Stunning House & Gallery with Unrivalled Views
    What a totally stunning house & gallery this is. Didn't know it was here on previous visits to Bournemouth & so close to our Hotel. We were lucky enough to see it in festive Victorian Christmas decor. The views from upstairs are unrivalled & the art work beautiful. First visit but definitely not the last...absolutely loved it!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2022
  • bizgen
    Guildford, United Kingdom73 contributions
    What a gem!
    Exquisite rooms filled with interesting artefacts, beautiful domed ceilings, stained glass, paintings. Great cafe, kind and caring staff everywhere. If I lived in the area I would become a friend of the museum. Such a lovely place to visit. Can’t wait until I get back next year.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 22 January 2023
  • tonyinbrighton
    Brighton, United Kingdom534 contributions
    Excellent Museum
    A fine house with many splendid treasures to explore. There are useful seating opportunities for those who enjoy a rest after too much excitement as well as a pleasant cafe serving light lunches etc.. Didn’t see anything much of a garden but the terrace offers great views out over the bay. We used the pay & display car park a short stroll down from the house - not cheap (about £9 for 3 hours) but very convenient, and most people I think would want 2 hours plus for this visit. Until Feb 10 there’s a 2 for 1 offer on admission - just £8.50 for a couple which is outstanding value! Overall a very enjoyable time.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 January 2023
  • Karen A
    Rugby, United Kingdom33 contributions
    Fabulous museum and gallery well worth a visit!
    What a gem of a place on East Cliff. Fabulous house and fascinating collection. Our visit was made by Pippa’s outstanding story telling, guiding us around the house and identifying and describing historical artefacts and decoration in a really interesting way. Lovely place, good cafe and right by the beach. Excellent value for money .
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2023
  • rncsss
    London, United Kingdom184 contributions
    What a find?!
    This private art collection is really high quality and set in an amazing, cliff-top building that's run beautifully. The collection is very varied: artworks, furniture, interior design. And the gardens are very attractive. It seems to have suitable accessibility adaptions - though the location is on the top of a steep hill.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Carolyn W
    Exmouth, United Kingdom6 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    We stumbled across this place while on a two night break and we were looking for something to do for a couple of hours on a slightly grey Sunday morning. We were so surprised by the property and it was like walking into another world. If you love Art you will be enthralled by the gallery as it is filled with beautiful paintings and sculptures. The house itself is an eclectic mix of styles and tastes that take you around the world in 80 minutes. There was a tour going on while we were there that we dipped in and out of. The guide was passionate and so knowledgeable about her job. There were other people around who were keen to answer questions. We rounded the visit off with tea and scone in the coffee shop which was lovely and reasonably priced. The entry was worth every penny in our opinion, but we are used to paying to visit similar historic places.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2023
  • Mark E
    2 contributions
    Jewel in Bournemouth’s crown.
    Fabulous mish mash of love story and beautiful home with treasures from around the world expertly narrated by the wonderful Pippa who has an immaculate knowledge of Merton and Annie who curated this amazing collection in Bournemouth. You can just wander through this history on your own or jump on a tour with Pippa. If you are lucky you will also hear some magical piano playing.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Virginie P
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom148 contributions
    Excellent museum to visit
    This museum is amazing! We had a fantastic time visiting the house and we were lucky to visit during a sunny day, so the view over the sea and Bournemouth beach was excellent (I am sure that the view will be nice, even if the weather is a bit grey). Each room is different from the previous and the next one, so it is really a pleasure to visit while listening to music (an excellent pianist was playing some music when we visited and it was as if we were guests of Merton and Annie Russel-Cotes when they opened their house to their friends). Wherever you are looking, you find something nice and interesting giving you some details and information about the fantastic lives of Merton and Annie. They must have been some extraordinary people. It was very nice to talk with some of the volunteers while we visited and they were happy to answer all our questions. We had a nice piece of cake and a coffee at the café and it was very good. We will visit again when we will go to Bournemouth next and we would recommend this place to anyone who want to see some fantastic, nice looking, unusual or quality paintings, vases, artefacts or decorative objects.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • littleoldlady2015
    Maidstone, United Kingdom52 contributions
    Enjooyable art galley
    A beautiful home with treasures from around the world. Paintings and sculptures. Look out for the stained glass windows. Lovely views from the east cliff. There are seats for you to take time to admire the art work. There is lockers for larger bags. Located within walking distance of the Pier. I noticed there is a pay and display parking,
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • YogiOnHoliday
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom43 contributions
    Quite Exceptional Museum
    I have only recently heard about this museum and having visited I can't wait to come back. Such a wonderful, entertaining, enlightening and hugely enjoyable day out. We were fortunate enough to have a tour with Pippa who brought the museum alive with the stories and amazing history. The tour was a complete joy and this museum should be central in the UK's heritage plans for the future. I am so in love with the whole of it, from the amazing buildings to the even more amazing collection - which by the way is very eclectic so most people would find somethings they will really like. The pianist was not playing when we visited but hopefully next time. I think this will be an annual visit for me, if I can wait that long! In addition I must add that not only the cafe staff were kind and friendly but all the staff we came across. They appear to love their jobs in such a unique situation. If you have read this far, you must visit!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
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Sue Wiggins
Rugby, UK295 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We visited whilst staying in the area for a 4 night Turkey & Tinsel break. My primary interest was the PreRaphaelite art which I had read is shown here. The house itself is most interesting and we were pleasantly surprised by the house and art gallery. There is so much to see that we spent a good 2 hours wandering around and had coffee and (yummy) cake in the cafe. We absolutely loved our visit and recommended it to our friends on the trip with us. Highlights for me were the paintings by Rossetti, Moore and Evelyn de Morgan. Lovely guides too, nothing too much bother! Highly recommended, will return!
Written 8 December 2023
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Janet H
27 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Fantastic 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 Kemp Welch paintings in the summer and this time we were enthralled by the photographs of Siam by John Thomson which are fascinating. The building itself is amazing , keep looking up , and is currently decorated for Christmas which further adds to the atmosphere. If you're lucky a pianist will be playing in the main hall , take a seat and soak up the atmosphere. Highly recommended for a visit. We shall return.
Written 2 December 2023
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Kent Moonraker
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Visited 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 d'art which was fascinating. We had started to wander around ourselves when we stumbled upon a tour guide Pippa who was just about to start her tour. Well she was an absolutely delightful lady who spoke very well ( me wife is registered deaf and managed to hear her very clearly) with the most fascinating stories about the family and their history and pointing out some pieces of the collection and the history behind them something you don't usually learn when you wander around on your own. She held us captivated for 2 hours whilst she guided us through the house and we could quite happily have listened for a further 2 hours. I understand that the guides do their own research Pippa was an absolute credit the the place and never ummed or ahhed once. All in all it was worth every penny (which was very many) and if we are ever in the area again would be at the very top of of list of places to visit.
Written 23 November 2023
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Neil F
Taunton, UK28 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A 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 price.

Written 11 November 2023
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BrugesZot
Penzance, UK95 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This has been on our bucket list for some time and finally we were able to visit. Spent two hours mesmerised by the content of the building and the eclectic mix of paintings, collections, sculpture and furniture. We were also impressed by the ability to be close to objects (in most cases) and not distanced as in some venues of a similar nature. They have a cafe serving the usual light meals, sandwiches etc. as well as beverages. Staff were friendly and helpful. The building itself is also worthy of a mention as it is really eccentric.Two hours was not enough to take it all in and we will, at some time in the future, return.
Written 1 November 2023
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,302 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
On Wednesday evening my wife and myself were invited to attend the Opening of the ‘SIAM Through the Lens of John Thomson’ Exhibition at the excellent Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth.

The event was opened by the Thai Ambassador and it contains a fascinating array of photographs of different events, people & places throughout Siam - many of the places/sites remain unchanged in Thailand today. It was well attended by many of the Gallery’s patrons as well as local signatories - all of which were very well looked after but the Gallery’s team.

The Exhibition runs until 14 April 2024 and will, hopefully, prove a most popular added attraction to the many other artefacts on display.
Written 28 October 2023
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handyspanner
London, UK546 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A really nice environment to spend a couple of hours. It is well worth the entry fee, if the price is challenging you, I understand, as I personally shudder at paying entry fees. So much to see, with all exhibits being of excellent condition, as is the property. Presently, the Siam exhibition is well worth the fee too, included in the initial entry fee(few), some excellent pictures from John Thomson.of early Siam.

The tea room serves a pleasant tea and scone too.
Written 25 October 2023
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Rob
Hanham, UK4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Didn’t know this place existed, but well worth the visit. Interesting story behind the owners, the Royal Bath Hotel and the house itself. Amazing collection of paintings and items on display
Written 19 October 2023
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caroline2
Paris, France475 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
A lovely discovery!!! This museum is in a beautifully preserved mansion with amazing sea views. The visit was a real delight as there are so many paintings, sculptures, artifacts, stained glasses, etc... from all over the world to discover. The temporary exhibition was quite interesting as well. There is also a little café with sandwiches, cakes, etc... The garden is very well maintained and beautiful.
Written 3 October 2023
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William P
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Solo
A stunning monument to the love they had for each other. Beautiful artistry throughout the building! Don’t forget to look up. Beautiful artefacts from around the world well preserved and presented. Well worth the visit!
Written 26 September 2023
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