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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth

Categories: Art Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • Where shall I start? There is so much to see inside this Art Gallery and Museum to interest everyone. You can eat nearby, it's on the slope down to the beach and very convenient if your hotel is close...  read more »
  • Well recommended - something for everyone - fascinating collection and the house is amazing - a must see if in Bournemouth 
  • An unmissable museum with what can only be described as an eclectic collection of all things Bournemouth with a fascinating glimpse of times past in theresort 
  • 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 tardis-like Victorian treasure house, with so much to see. Not to be missed if you're in Bournemouth.
  • Very beautiful house and gardens - full of details, will take more than one visit to take it all in! :)
  • Caught the mucha exhibit, was amazing to see so many original works. Lovely building too
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