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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: East Cliff Promenade | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
Phone Number: 01202 451858
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Description: 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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Lovely gallery, amazing house

I am never sure how I feel about the Victorians. The houses are very dark, the art is a weird mix of classical influences and emotional angst. There is a picture here called... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I am never sure how I feel about the Victorians. The houses are very dark, the art is a weird mix of classical influences and emotional angst. There is a picture here called 'Weary' which is sort of eroticising domestic service... That said, great place, extraordinary loos if you like Victorian loos, lovely conservatory with good range of food. Amazing... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our young friends were married at this excellent art gallery in wonderful surroundings. The ceremony was conducted beautifully and we all received first class attention from the gallery staff before, during, and after the wedding at the informal buffet. Everything contributed to a wonderful occasion and I would highly recommend this venue . Afterwards we returned to the nearby excellent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Well we visited Bournemouth for the Mucha exhibition at the gallery. I have never heard of it before but what a great place. It is so much more than a gallery it is an amazing house overlooking the sea housing a stunning art collection. This is a must see if you are close. The price of admission is good and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Rich family trappings from global travels, especially from the East. Must see the Japanese exhibition. Occasional special exhibitions also worth keeping an eye out for. Beautiful views across Bournemouth Bay. Delightful cafe with great tea and fine cakes.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

interesting house stuffed full of artefacts and works of art. Only critisism is that there could be more information about the exhibits to read as you go round the museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Had the pleasure of a visit here on Friday August 21, 2015. The initial staff at the entrance and ticket sales were wonderful, helpful, very cheery and ever so polite. They explained briefly the layout and we set off to visit this lovely building, collection and the special current exhibition. Don't miss going to this lovely Victorian seaside home and... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

My hometown museum isn't the biggest but the collection it contains is very interesting. The house itself is architecturally beautiful and well preserved with very pleasing gardens. The interior has been subject to very sympathetic renovation and restoration (check out the lovely old chain pull toilet downstairs). It also has exhibitions of certain artists in the new extension and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I so enjoyed visiting here yesterday. It was so so interesting ! I even had the loan of a wheelchair and was grateful of the lift.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We visited primarily for the Mucha exhibition but when we arrived we joined the free tour of the house with Pippa. She was brilliant; really interesting and enthusiastic...she made the house really come to life. The house, its exhibits and paintings are beautiful and well worth a visit. Mucha was the icing on the cake!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

With a large museum, no matter how good the display, after a while the wow factor wears off. This museum is small, inexpensive (free in winter, summer is £6 adult/£4 for a student) and unusual. It's a mix of paintings, sculptures and artefacts from all over the world. It's a beautiful building with a proper family history behind it. You... More 

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