Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum // Bournemouth

Russell Cotes Gallery
Russel Cotes - Skylight detail
Russell Cotes - Lobby

Housed in a fine Victorian villa overlooking the beach the gallery and museum are home to an important fine art collection and extensive Victoriana from around the Globe

Home to an art gallery and museum, the Russell-Cotes Museum is dramatically positioned perched on Bournemouth's East Cliff. Next door to the Royal Bath Hotel, there are stunning view across the bay. The museum building is a Grade II listed Victorian villa dating back to 1901. Originally built for Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes as a home for the travel and art enthusiasts, the house was known as East Cliff Hall.

Filled with exotic objects from their travels and impressive art collection, the building and its contents were gifted to the people of Bournemouth in 1908. Following their deaths, the Borough of Bournemouth took over ownership.

The museum boasts an internationally recognised art collection including a number of European and Japanese artworks that are often on loan to galleries across the world.

Aside from the main collections, twice yearly contemporary exhibitions take place.

The Russell-Cotes Museum also has lovely cliff top gardens and a café in which you can take in the serene surroundings./


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