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This Grade II seaside villa is the former home of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, who designed it to house their art collection and objects from their world travels. It was gifted to the borough in 1908 and opened as a museum in 1922. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum features exhibits related to: world cultures, social history, architecture, costume and textiles, personalities, performing arts, fine art, decorative and applied art and maritime. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: venus verticordia, victorian art, japanese art, henry irving and rossetti.

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff Promenade
BH1 3AA Bournemouth

Museum type(s)

Art & Design



Visitor information

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm
Closed: Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Museums Association Valid
National Art Pass Valid
Adult (gift aid) £7.50
Child (gift aid) £4.00


Charges Apply
See website for full price list

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  • Coffee

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible


East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, England

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