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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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Address: Promenade East Cliff | East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England
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+44 1202 451858
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Delightful museum

Lovely experience. Full of nice furniture and items that were collected by a couple while travelling the world.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 May 2016
Marlow, United Kingdom
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Lovely experience. Full of nice furniture and items that were collected by a couple while travelling the world.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

I would call this place a part of 'Unseen Britain'. Tucked away on the East Cliff of Bournemouth and slightly overshadowed by The Royal Bath Hotel it is well worth a walk away from the the pier and beaches. The cafe is on the first floor and if you are lucky the sun room will be empty and you can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

This is a really interesting museum. It was originally a private home and retains much of the furniture and collections of the owners. Amazing decorative schemes. Check out the guided tours which add to the experience. Lovely cafe for refreshments.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This was on our list to visit during a long weekend stay and definitely a good choice. The museum is jam packed with paintings, artifacts, dolls and loads more to see and enjoy.

Thank Eviltwin62
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We went in for coffee and cakes. They have a table away from the counter with uncovered cakes on it. I watch a kid of about five or six years old wander over and look at the cakes. His head was just on their level. He proceeded to cough all over them!! They should be covered!! I pointed this out... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Fairly easy to find and park. We found history of the theatre and art about Ellen Terry and her early marriage to Frederick Watts particularly interesting. Also many sculptures and varied works of art. This is a surprisingly large museum and much more than it seems from the outside. Be prepared to spend several hours to see it all or... More 

Thank jennygarson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing! Highly recommended, the highlight of our visit to Bournemouth. We took the tour with Pippa and she took us through the museum telling us about the art, pieces of interest and the history of the house and it's original owners. You could see she was passionate about the place and the story's theme went throughout the... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Apart the beautiful beach, this is the jewel in Bournemouth's crown. We coincided with a tour, which supplemented information from the excellent introductory film, which was of very high quality. The collection itself was varied and fascinating. We spent much longer than we had anticipated in this enthralling location.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I was lucky enough to attend an art class here with a friend. Very relaxing and well kept gallery. The coffee shop was well stocked and spacious, with some seating looking out to sea. The Museum is on a very steep slope, not easy access if you have walking difficulties or for someone pushing a wheelchair. The staff were very... More 

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Radstock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Go back on every visit to Bournemouth and notice something new! Wonderful to think of them travelling by packet steamer na bringing all these things back!

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