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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum


Discover one of the most fascinating historic houses in England. Built by Merton Russell-Cotes as an extravagant birthday gift for his wife, Annie, it celebrates the couple’s passion for art and travel, world cultures and natural history. Situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top over-looking the sea, this exotic seaside villa has been sealed in time creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.

A programme of special events and exhibitions are held throughout the year, please see our website for more details.

Do look at our website for latest information.


Group visits welcome by prior arrangement. Numbers may be restricted because of space constraints. Please contact the museum directly to discuss your requirements.


Museum facilities

Parking No, nearest car park Bath Road South
Refreshments Café, open 10am – 4.30pm
Tuesdays – Sundays
Gift shop Yes
Gardens/Grounds Garden
Toilets Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users Yes
Guided Tours Yes
Audio Tours No
Wheelchair Accessability Most of the museum has lift access, except for the upper floor of the
historic house.
Induction Loop No
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired Bookable tactile tours
Group Visits Yes, pre-booking required
School Visits Yes, for more information contact russellcotes.learning@
Outreach activities Outreach Talks, contact museum for further details


East Cliff Promenade
East Cliff

Phone: 01202 128 000