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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

East Cliff Promenade | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
01202 451858
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Ranked #3 of 32 Attractions in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
Description: 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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Newbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A small museum but still well worth a visit as it contains some interesting pieces of art and is in a good location.

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Bristol
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Very interesting old house incorporating Museum and art gallery, well worth a visit, Excellent historical collections, especially the japaniese, and good classical paintings. Good value small coffee shop. Our visit was free since it was out of season, a great way to spend the afternoon.

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South Coast
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

For the romantics among us, one can only be enchanted by the story of Merton Russell-Cotes and the love for his wife Annie. The house and artefacts from the late Victorian era have been preserved to the point one can imagine actually living in that age. It is a fascinating insight into an opulent world of travel round the globe... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We really enjoyed the museum- it's a very unique place and the art collection is varied and of a great quality. The art isn't limited to paintings on the wall- almost everything from the walls themselves to the candle holders are art in their own right. Well worth the (minimal) entry fee.

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England
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The most odd collection of holiday souveniers ever. The paintings were not particularly good, and the lighting made them difficult to see, but the artifacts were fascinating.

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Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is such a gem of a gallery - thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Fantastic view from the upstairs window where you can sit and browse through many interesting books on Bournemouth's history. Cafe very good.

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Wiveliscombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit, it was very interesting. The cafe however was a let down, one lady was trying to do everything, from drinks to serving food, and taking the money, we waited 45 minutes for a toasted tea cake to which we ended up cancelling. On leaving the cafe, a young lady had, in one hand a plate of... More

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great value and fascinating, so much to see! Staff very friendly and helpful! Beautiful house and could spend hours looking at all the treasures!

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Evenley, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Did not plan to visit this Gallery but very glad we did. Could have spent a great deal more time there than we did but will go back when its free in October. Café looked very popular and welcoming.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

October to March it's free entry, but the cafe is always good value and the views are great. If you don't mind paying, the collection is very interesting and many of the paintings are excellent.

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