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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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Amazing house, amazing history, amazing art

This is a purpose-built home of two art-lovers and travellers, turned museum. Take the tour at 11 a.m. (check that to be sure) and you'll learn a lot about Bournemouth and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a purpose-built home of two art-lovers and travellers, turned museum. Take the tour at 11 a.m. (check that to be sure) and you'll learn a lot about Bournemouth and the Russell-Cotes's at the same time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy art at all then you'll enjoy this. Bit of a mish-mash but well laid out with good explanation boards. Nice views too.

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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Russel Cotes built this house to watch over the building of The Royal Bath Hotel below it. It has a wonderful variety of antiques, armour, paintings and more, which he collected on his travels around the world. He left the house to the town on his death and was turned into a museum. It's free entry so have coffee and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This gallery was clearly the highlight of Bournemouth for me (the beach also looks stunning, but we were a bit unfortunate with the weather, so this was a good alternative). It's a beautiful, interesting historic building filled with equally beautiful and interesting art, there's not much more to say. To round the whole thing off, the cafeteria also serves excellent... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I love idiosyncratic private homes that reveal the adventurous tastes of their owners, and this one is right up there with the best of them, and in and of itself makes Bournemouth worth a detour. The location is lovely, with great views of the beach and the pier, but aesthetically it is far removed from the honky-tonk.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I have been about 6 or 7 times already to the Russell-Cotes art gallery since I moved down here in September, and never tire of this place. It is an absolute gem, with exquisite art collections housed in a beautiful mansion overlooking the sea. It has an interesting history too so if you get chance to catch a guided tour... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

How can I have been to Bournemouth so often but have failed ever to have visited this gem. A very reasonable entry fee and we had the double benefit of a tour of this wonderful house stuffed full of atrefacts from all over the world when travelling really was an adventure. No containers in those days yet a maori war... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had a very interesting afternoon spent here. The gardens are beautiful and there was plenty to look at inside the house. The views from the windows were absolutely spectacular. The Alphonse Mucha exhibition also was very interesting. The pianist downstairs added to the general ambience. The café offered a fairly comprehensive menu and the food was freshly made and... More 

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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, not too big quite intimate but highly educational without being too serious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So much to see, all wonderfully presented in glorious surroundings. The special exhibitions never fail to disappoint. Unhindered and able to take a break in the gardens overlooking the beach or enjoy a meal in the restaurant. Ideal for all the family, with lifts to all floors for the less able bodied.

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