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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
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Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife...

Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.

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Delightful Museum

This is a delightful museum located on the east cliff at Bournemouth about three minutes from the pier. Staff were welcoming and helpful. They recommended that we view the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a delightful museum located on the east cliff at Bournemouth about three minutes from the pier. Staff were welcoming and helpful. They recommended that we view the video of the history of the place before viewing the rooms. This was worthwhile as it gave the history of the Russell-Cotes family and a brief account of Merton and Annie... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting historical art gallery. Masses to see so allow plenty of time. Contemporary art also included.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing building, what an amazing collection of objects and art. We only wish we had more time to spend there. Well worth repeated visits. Bournemouth are extremely lucky to have the gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth using the free guide to hear the Merton Russell-Cotes family story. The house is very interesting full of wonderful objects from around the world, so much art work throughout the House plus a small garden. Would recommend allowing a minimum of 90 minutes to make the most of this lovely place. There is a cafe that looks okay... More 

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This gem of a palace is hidden away by the seafront and houses a magnificently displayed eclectic collection of victoriana

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This wasn't on our to-do list but so glad we found out about the Russell-Cotes House. This is such a stunning house and gardens and has equally stunning views. The story of the Russell-Cotes family is so interesting and their collection spectacular. It's so great to see original period features throughout the house and art collected from across the globe.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited here on Sunday. Lovely warm welcome. Fantastic museum fabulous collections from around the world. The gardens were delightful.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking the cliff area on a windy cold day, we "happened by" this house and gardens, and all I can say, we were stunned! by the sheer beauty of the contents of this very imposing and very unusual house, looking like it belonged to some old movie set. Words are not adequate to describe the huge collection of items paintings,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the former home of two wealthy collectors.The house and contents were bequeathed to Bournemouth by the owners who had been hoteliers. This is well worth a visit to see a Victorian/Edwardian architecture and the house packed full of paintings and artefacts.This is an unforgettable place full of so many works of art.....not a restful home. There is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit to the Russell-Cotes Museum since its recent refurbishment. A new entrance on the sea side had been built, making it much safer that the old one on the town side and this brought the visitor in at the servants' level, instead of ground level. The property was built specially for the owners and they moved... More 

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