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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
South Coast

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East Cliff Promenade
Dorset, BH1 3AA
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We offer a discounted rate of £6.50 (Gift Aided) for groups of 9+ (normal admission £7 Gift Aided) We also offer pre-booked tea, coffee and cake at discounted prices.

The Russell-Cotes: House Gallery Garden – One of the most fascinating historic houses in England, overlooking the sea in Bournemouth.

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.

“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.” Merton Russell-Cotes

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.

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