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LGBT at the Russell Cotes Launch

LGBT Community Exhibition In partnership with Bournefree

To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Russell-Cotes is launching an exciting project working with the LGBT community to explore the hidden treasures in its collections and to create a stunning new exhibition.

Members of the LGBT community with museum curators, will explore some of the thousands of art works in the Russell -Cotes, taking inspiration from its founders Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes’ passion for collecting.

They will be able to choose the pieces they love to form a major exhibition in the galleries from May to October 2017.

The Russell-Cotes is working in partnership with Bournefree to raise awareness of LGBT history and issues and, through the exhibition and associated events to reach a new audience.

Built in 1901 and beautifully situated on the sea front, the Russell-Cotes is a rare example of the residence of a Victorian private collector. Given to the people of Bournemouth it attracts visitors from around the world with its extraordinary atmosphere and internationally-renowned art collections.



Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum,
East Cliff Promenade,


Adult & Senior Citizen £6* (standard £5.45) Child (5-15 yrs) £4* (standard £3.63) Child under 5 100% discount. Family (up to 2 adults & 2 children) £17* (standard £15.45) Student (FE & HE) £4

Opening Times

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


  • Parking (charged)


  • Accessibility to Historic House is limited
  • All areas of exhibition are accessible
  • Disabled toilet
  • Facilities for the hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired visitors


  • On-site café/restaurant


  • Open all year

Additional Information

The galleries and most of the historic house has lift access, with the exception of the upper ground floor of East Cliff Hall. As the Russell-Cotes is a Grade II* Listed building, interior alterations are subject to planning restrictions.

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