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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

2,106 Reviews
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Russell E wrote a review Sep 16
Bracknell, United Kingdom559 contributions33 helpful votes
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Managed to park outside on the road, get there early for that. Timed ticket entry under Covid rules means not so busy. Beautiful house and grounds, so much to look at. A real treat and a grand piano playing as well. Highly recommend and cheap entry fee.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Soo wrote a review Sep 16
Worthing, United Kingdom28 contributions2 helpful votes
I visited with a friend recently. Excellent one way system and plenty of hand sanitiser available all the way round. Great value for money and a lovely cafe. I'm a manual wheelchair user. Because I'm on a budget, we decided to ignore the museum's suggested parking (Bath Road South pay and display car park at £8+ for three hours) and parked on the overcliff, just above the museum. This meant a pretty steep roll downwards, but it was fine. Unfortunately, I went straight through some bird poop, so as soon as we arrived had to ask the lady on the door if she had any wipes so I didn't trek it all through the museum. She was very helpful. There's a lift to access the first floor, where there's a short film about the house and its occupants, and also the accessible toilet. The lift also goes to the second floor, eh l with s loosely cafe and gallery area before entering the main house. The ground floor of the house is stunning and really wheelchair accessible. There's loads to look at and take in, and the fountain is particularly lovely. There's a small platform lift at one end which takes you down a couple of feet to the gallery extension, which was also great. We saw the "Beyond the Brotherhood" exhibition, which was fascinating. The stairway up to the first floor of the house is amazing, but unfortunately there's no lift access at that point because of the age of the building. However, I can walk a bit, so I spoke to a member of staff and asked if I could store my wheelchair downstairs and go up with my walking stick. He was extremely helpful, checked on us when we got up there, explained there were chairs available throughout so I could sit down, and then checked on us as we were finishing and heading back down the stairs. I found him very attentive and friendly, and felt very reassured. The current exit is after the dining room, down 3 or 4 steps into the sun room and then back up again. But another member of staff see us coming and took us out the level exit and back to the cafe, where we had a lovely lunch at a reasonable, standard gallery/NT price. All in all, it was a lovely morning. Staff were so helpful throughout, and I can genuinely say I've never felt more welcome as a walking wheelchair user. Bravo!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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SalC123 wrote a review Sep 12
Worthing, United Kingdom93 contributions14 helpful votes
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Had wanted to visit back in March but unfortunately due to lockdown I had to wait but it was certainly worth it. The garden and house are beautiful and the interior of the house and the art exhibited are so interesting. We had afternoon tea on the terrace in the sunshine which I can recommend. I was so pleased that they decided to extend the date of the Pre-Raphaelites exhibition which included one of my favourite paintings.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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LEK wrote a review Sep 2
4 contributions5 helpful votes
My family and I loved our visit. What a beautiful collection of Victoriana. A treasure house, excellently presented. Friendly staff. Fascinating story of the couple and family. Loved the PreRaphaelite exhibition and the War display. Will be recommending to friends and family. Will love to visit again. Great shop and cafe. Garden well maintained.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Geri wrote a review Aug 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom47 contributions27 helpful votes
We visited here on a very wet Saturday in July having pre-booked our tickets. We managed a quick look around the garden both before and after our visit which was very pretty. The house is such a beautiful place and such a novel way to display the artefacts, fascinating to read of their lives and travels especially given the age in which they lived. We were delighted to have live guitar music playing whilst we were there, very atmospheric and a lovely touch. All social distancing was observed and masks worn in the little shop and the staff were helpful and on hand throughout if needed. Would thoroughly recommend a visit.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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