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“Worth popping in to fill an hour” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
East Cliff Promenade | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
01202 451858
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Ranked #4 of 86 things to do in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner 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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Worth popping in to fill an hour”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We visited this venue in October, which was out of season, so it was free to enter. The building was currently undergoing repainting and covered in scaffolding, which didn't detract from the visit as the beautiful gardens were still open to explore.
On entering there is very little direction as to where to go. We made our way through the gift shop to the first floor and it was empty with no information.
We continued on to the next floor where the cafe was and wandered through a few corridors before finding the main house where we could explore. Many of the rooms were closed due to reorganisation. It was quite warm inside and I did't really feel that the areas were coordinated into certain themes or times.
We spend around half an hour walking around before leaving.
I would recommend a visit if your interested in antiques from around the world but I wouldn't go out the way to find this venue.

Visited October 2013
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“Wow !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you like Victoriana you will love this place. A perfect example of what loads of money and no taste gets you. This comment is not meant to put you off, it is absolutely fascinating for the décor let alone the exhibits. I lived nearby for years and didn't go. I'm glad I did in the end. Perfect for a rainy afternoon in Bournemouth.

Visited November 2012
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“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

beautiful house in a fabulous position, full of wonderful antique relics collected from all over the world during a golden age

Visited October 2013
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“well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

gives a very good insight into how the town was born.
great old photos and a very nice way of showing off the spirit of the area.

Visited October 2013
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“Fab little find with pretty gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Great interesting museum, beautiful views of sea and so romantic, small cafe and gardens, well worth a visit x

Visited October 2013
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