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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  • 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 Kingdom187 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
  • Lee
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    I've lived in Bournemouth all my life and never visited, never really noticed this place but I'm glad I did! Inside it's amazing, so much to look at and the variation inside is so impressive, could spend hours in there and the views from the upstairs windows are special! Who'd have thought such a fine place could exist in the centre of a place like Bournemouth! Well worth the visit! Great value for money too and the cafe is nice also.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • nobodytoknow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Excellent, object d'art shown in the house created for them by the Russell-Cotes
    Displayed over three floors, this eclectic collection bequeathed by the Russell-Cotes is shown in the house they occupied at East Cliff in Bournemouth. The style of many of the paintings is firmly Victorian, covering Biblical stories, romantic storm-lashed landscapes and pastoral scenes of cattle. These 'biscuit tin' pictures have a sentimental aspect which is now deeply unfashionable, of course. In addition to the pictures, there are many sculptures plus ceramics and other objects brought back from Japan. There's a smaller selection of ethnic objects gathered from Britain's former colonies, the appropriation of which is acknowledged to be seen as problematic by some people. The small garden is very good and there's also a tearoom and shop. All in all, a gallery and museum which is well worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Neil C
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Bournemouth fine arts
    An excellent museum set within a grand Victorian family home - displaying paintings, statues and fine house decor. The house/museum is run by the local authority and provides lift access for less able visitors. There is a very nice cafe area serving hot drinks, food and snacks. On the day of our visit it was heavy rain, so this museum was the perfect place to visit for a few hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
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Pauline E
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Very unfriendly not suitable for children in the museum even though they have a sheet of animals to find. The feeling is very uncomfortable and unwelcoming.
Its a great pity because we enjoyed the craft sessions last year and the children wanted to look around the museum. Expensive for a bad experience
Written 16 February 2024
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Barrowland
West Midlands, UK110 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was visit number.....5? I think? We always see different things here which we missed before. £8.50 entry for adults is incredibly cheap in this day and age (compare this to £20 - £30 for a National Trust entry) and you get so much for your money! The displays are interesting and informative, and volunteers are helpful with additional information. The temporary exhibition of photos of Siam by late photographer John Thomson was really interesting. Staff in the cafe were absolutely lovely. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 13 February 2024
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Robin Edmonds
6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is such a fantastic place! I am an artist myself and have done a black pen and ink drawing of the great building. Some of the paintings are incredible. I also love their fascinating exhibitions which are so varied. The entrance fee is reasonable. Definitely worth missing the train for!
Written 2 February 2024
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Lucy T
Isle of Wight, UK295 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We weren’t sure what to expect, but we thought it might be worth a visit whilst in the area and we very much enjoyed it. Very reasonably priced and the house looked great decorated for Christmas. There were even carols round the piano.
Written 25 January 2024
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Lesley W
6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I have visited the Russell-Cotes art gallery and museum a few times before, but never at Christmas. It was stunning! The attention to detail by those who care for this beautiful Victorian manor house, was incredible. The Victorian Christmas experience was beautifully replicated and really did make me feel that I had stepped back in time. I visited on my own on this occasion, as I wanted to take in the splendour of this unique and extensive artwork and artifact collection from all around the world without distraction. It is incredible to think that Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes left it all to the town to enjoy! What a gift!! It took me three hours to get around at my own pace! Afterwards I had a delicious coffee, sandwiches and Christmas cake in the lovely cafe and there a very nice gift shop with a variety of gifts and artwork. I did not get a chance to explore the pretty gardens on this occasion as it was pouring with rain!
Written 31 December 2023
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kjb1801
Bournemouth, UK55 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Great house, all decorated for Xmas, a wonderful gallery exhibition; what more could one want? A beautiful afternoon tea, ordered way in advance so of course everything would be fresh and of top quality? I couldn't be more wrong. Just embarrassing. My friends are too well bred to complain but "underwhelming" was the concerted opinion. Dry Xmas cake. Cheap macarons. The sandwiches were ok, but everything lacking imagination and style. Never again.
Written 22 December 2023
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Sue Wiggins
Rugby, UK298 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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