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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth

(4.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
Intended as a birthday present for Merton Russell-Cotes' wife Annie, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is now an elegant gallery for contemporary art and museum artifacts. John Frederick Fogerty designed the Art Nouveau building, with interiors by John Thomas and his son Oliver. The hall's stylish design still feels fresh after over a century of use. Major temporary exhibitions are unveiled only twice yearly, but the permanent collection is on view throughout the year. After perusing the museum's collection, enjoy tea in the historic lobby of the Royal Bath Hotel next door. Plan your visit to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bournemouth vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This was the last Victorian House to be built and it has many beautiful rooms, paintings, statues and artifacts, collected by the Russell-Cotes family. The descriptions of them are all good, and a few...  more »
  • At only 6£ entry , this museum has something for everyone.A fine collection of Victorian paintings and interesting artefacts collected by the couple in the late 19 th early 20 th century .The gardens ...  more »
  • Fabulous building with a commanding view of Bournemouth bay, Old Harry Rocks and Isle of Wight - on a clear day! Very interesting interiors with wonderful art collection. Fascinating history of how th...  more »
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  • A mixed experience. One time we came here and were welcomed in to the museum and given an informitive briefing on what to expect before hand, the nice lady also explained that we would be able to come in the future to use the cafe and would not have to pay the ticket price. The following time I was walking past I came in with my friend to use the cafe but the lady shouted at me infront of everyone in the gift shop as if I was trying to get into the exhibit for free. I explained that I was under the impression from our last visit that we were able to use the cafe without having to pay admission. She agreed with this but then denied us access as she stated that it was due to close in 10 minutes. I understood and accepted that we were not allowed as this was a valid reason but I really could have done without the humiliation of the entire gift shop making me look like a thief. I would like to come here again but I am just too embarrassed.
  • A great place to spend a few hours. Such a beautiful house. You feel like you've stepped back in time. Would recommend it to anyone who likes 18th century buildings.
  • A lovely place to have a cream tea and coffee.
  • Very beautiful house and gardens - full of details, will take more than one visit to take it all in! :)
  • This is a really lovely museum. It has beautiful gardens, a selection of exhibits, a great team room and not too huge.