Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is housed in a beautiful Victorian villa on the cliff top over-looking Bournemouth beach. The rooms inside are full of Victorian splendour housing an interesting collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and furniture, and the museum’s Japanese collection is of world-renown.

The seaside villa was the former home of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, who designed it to house their art collection and objects from their world travels. It was gifted to the borough in 1908 and opened as a museum in 1922.

Well worth a visit!
All year (Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Tues to Sun (and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am - 5pm
Free to visit the museum in winter and free entry for under 5s
Russell-Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA
Tel:01202 451858
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Two minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier and five minutes walk from the town’s main shopping centre.
There are a number of easily accessible car parks nearby, disabled parking spaces are also available.
A nicely presented cafe.
Wheelchair accessible (except for the balcony). Electric wheelchairs are welcome (there is a wheelchair available to use). There are toilets for the disabled.
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Children's play area
Baby changing facilities
Tour guides will give you an insight into the house and the lives of Sir Merton & Lady Russell-Cotes. Tours last around 45 minutes. Suggested £3.00 donation per person (under-16s go free). Book on 01202 451858 or at reception or e-mail
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum