Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Explore the Russell-Cotes’ beautiful house and enjoy a rare and interesting insight into wealthy Victorian life, admiring the unique and eclectic art collections and sculptures amassed from the couple’s world travels. Located on the East Cliff, the house also boasts stunning views of Bournemouth's seafront for you to enjoy.

Enjoying magnificent views of Bournemouth’s coastline, the house and galleries celebrate the Russell-Cotes’ passion for art and travel, world cultures and natural history. Discover the story behind one of the most fascinating historic houses:

In 1901, Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary, extravagant 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. A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future. 

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Admission is £7.50 for adults and senior citizens and £4 for children. We also accept ICOM, Art Fund and Museums Association cards. For more detailed pricing, see

Exhibitions and events

Making and Breaking the rules: Royal Academy 250 at the Russell-Cotes

Temporary exhibition until 14.10.2018

Our major new exhibition celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts by examining the tension between the establishment and the avant-garde as seen through the collections of the...

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