Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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This Grade II* seaside villa is the former home of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, who designed it to house their art collection and objects from their world travels. It was gifted to the borough in 1908 and opened as a museum in 1922. A modern extension has since been added following a Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment providing temporary gallery space as well as a shop and cafe.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 1000-1700
Bank Holiday Mon 1000-1700

Closed: Mon
Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Admission charges

Charges Apply
Adult £6 (gift aid)
Child £4 (gift aid)


  • Museums Association

One of the last Victorian houses built, East Cliff Hall incorporates an eclectic mix of Scottish, Italian and Moorish styles creating a unique atmosphere. The collection includes Victorian art and sculpture; artefacts from the Russell-Cotes' extensive world travels, including a dedicated Japanese gallery; a gallery devoted to the actor Henry Irving; an Edwin Longsden Long gallery; and changing temporary exhibitions showcasing modern art and items from the museum's store. Items not on display can be viewed by prior arrangement.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Personalities, Social History, World Cultures, Performing Arts

Key artists and exhibits

  • Japanese Art
  • Henry Irving
  • Rossetti
  • Venus Verticordia
  • Victorian Art
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Spooky Twilight Tour

  • 30 October 2015 5:30-7:30pm

Merton and Annie Russell Cotes collected all sorts of paintings, sculptures and curious objects on their world travels…and without realizing it, brought home a gaggle of ghosts and supernatural beings. Dare to tread our darkened corridors with storyteller Lizzie Bryant and be chilled and enchanted by strange and spooky stories of the ghosts and goblins, devils and demons from around the world, stalking Russell-Cotes at this haunting time of year… if you dare!
Make a spooky craft to take home and enter our fancy dress competition.
Suitable for adults and children aged 7+
Pre-booking essential, timed tours with limited spaces.
Urban Renaissance Cafe will also be open selling drinks and snacks.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


£7 Adult ticket
£5 Child Ticket
£20 Family Ticket
To book please call 01202 451820 or visit the museums Welcome Desk


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff

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01202 451858

24 hour answer-phone

01202 451800


01202 451851

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