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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.

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 new café, Merton’s extravagant gift to his wife is one of Bournemouth’s most intriguing visitor attractions.

The most enthralling experience in Bournemouth
Rough Guide

A must-see, even on the sunniest day in Bournemouth
The Guardian Travel



East Cliff Promenade


Adult/Senior: £6; Concession or Child: £4

Opening Times

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

Contact Details

01202 451858r-c.enquiries@bournemouth.gov.uk


  • Disabled toilet
  • Ramp/level access

Additional Information

The Russell- Cotes may be closed for functions on occassion, please check website before your visit.

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.

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