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Russell Cotes Museum


Opening hours

Open 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday & Open Bank Holiday Mondays (Closed Christmas and Good Friday)


Tel. 01202 451 858

Postcode BH1 3AA


The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum was founded by Sir Merton (1835-1921) and Lady (1835-1920) Russell-Cotes on Bournemouth’s East Cliff at the turn of the twentieth century. Apart from Sudley Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Russell-Cotes is a rare survivor as the residence of a Victorian private collector, which was purpose-designed and perpetuated as a permanent art museum.

The collections are interesting and unusual and include art and sculpture - many collected during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes were keen collectors and travellers, bringing home objects from around the world, including Russia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Hawaii, the Middle East and Japan. Much of the permanent art collection reflects popular tastes in art during Queen Victoria's reign. The art galleries host a range of changing and permanent exhibitions and displays with varied themes.

Russell-Cotes, Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth. BH1 3AA.


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