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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
Phone Number: 01202 451858
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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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visited when in bouremouth one weekend

very interesting place ,good on rainy day and had cafe too full of interesting pieces and art , furniture and too me back to my grandmother house and visits xx

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

very interesting place ,good on rainy day and had cafe too full of interesting pieces and art , furniture and too me back to my grandmother house and visits xx

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having bought the great value one year pass for £10 instead of paying £6 for daily entry I was able to visit 4 times in the last month. Every room is a delight and every elegant stairway an experience.. Beautiful paintings and statuary are everywhere and the displays are set out to allow a leisurely meander amongst the most wonderful... More 

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Thank 799vincent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum and art gallery has been one of my favourites for years. It is a hidden gem and always well worth a visit. For people who don't normally go to this kind of place or who have children - it's a great place to start. Give it a go - you won't be disappointed!

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some may say quirky and over the top but what struck me most about their collections was a snapshot of time alongside Bournmouth most extraordinary views. What a place to have lived. It's worth a visit and boy, they homemade cakes are the best. I'd go for the tea rather than the coffee though.

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Thank Seirbhis
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see museum. The house was built as a gift for a wife and one of the last houses that was built during Victoria's reign. Full of amazing examples of rich and varied interior design, collected artefacts and just a delight to explore. Short walk from the pier and include on your itinerary.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended to see this by a friend. It was very interesting even if museums aren't your thing. There were some lovely artefacts that the couple who originally owned the house had collected from abroad. Also the pictures were worth seeing. There is a lovely little cafe where you can have some refreshments too. Definitely worth a visit.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited during the summer (I understand that entry is 'free' during the winter months) and went on a guided tour of the house. It is a very unusual and interesting place to visit and is where 'time has stood still'. Great view from the house and the gardens are a wonderful place to sit.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction in the centre of Bournemouth is a house and gardens, set into the East Cliffs of Bournemouth, and given as a birthday gift from Merton Russell-Cotes to his wife, Annie, at the beginning of the 20th century. And what a house it is. Overlooking Bournemouth Bay with its pier, and Old Harry Rocks, just off the Purbeck Hills... More 

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Galloway, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best parts of Bournemouth. Beautiful building and grounds. Skip the food places at the Pier or in the town square and enjoy a healthy, simple quiet lunch or tea in the Museum cafe.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This collection is amazing and makes you go 'Wow' when you enter each new room. Pre-Raphaelite paintings are amongst many other favourites of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes who were avid collectors who wanted the people of Bournemouth to see these treasures so they donated the house to the Council in 1908. A definite must if you are into the Arts... More 

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