Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff




01202 451858

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01202 451800


01202 451851

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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

Seasonal Charging Applies


  • 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The De Morgans and the Sea

  • 1 April — 28 September 2014 *on now

Ships, sea monsters, seahorses, sirens and sea maidens are all to be discovered at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in the beautiful ‘The De Morgans and the Sea’ exhibition by renowned artists Evelyn De Morgan and her husband, William.

The wonderful collection, normally housed at The De Morgan Centre in London, predominantly showcases the stunning work of Evelyn and includes her paintings of mythological subjects such as Ariadne and her depictions of Hans Christian Anderson’s much adored little mermaid. This exhibition focuses on the sea, which was a major source of inspiration for Evelyn’s paintings and William’s Arts and Crafts ceramics.

Sue Hayward, Heritage Manager, said: “We held a major retrospective of Evelyn De Morgan’s work in 1996-7, which proved to be so incredibly popular it was extended by 6 weeks. So we are delighted to be working with the De Morgan Centre once again, this time on an exhibition that showcases the talent of both Evelyn and her husband, the arts and crafts potter William. Each was a creative phenomenon and each broke the mould. We’ve chosen to focus on the theme of the sea, as this was a major source of inspiration for both artists– from stunning medieval galleons, to giant fish and mythological sea monsters –where better to celebrate the sea than in Bournemouth?”

Suitable for

  • Any age



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ceramic Tiles

2 Day Ceramic Workshop

  • 4 May 2014 10:30am-4pm
  • 18 May 2014 10:30am-4pm

Sunday 4 May and Sunday 18 May 10.30am - 4pm. Fired ceramics will be available to view and collect on Sunday 1 June, 11am -12noon

Students will decorate tiles in a variety of ways, inspired by the flowing lines and colours used by William and Evelyn de Morgan in our current exhibition The De Morgans & the Sea.

Tuition will take place in a relaxed atmosphere, led by a studio potter whose work is inspired by all these things. The course will cover designing, painting and glazing, with the option to carve or model unfired tiles. At the end it is anticipated that each student will take home several tiles, designed either as individual pieces or as a panel.

Finished work will be fired, and a meet up for viewing, discussion and collection will take place after the making days. All materials included. Booking essential on 01202 451820.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£75 for 2 day course including all materials


Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sated Talk: The Mystery of Alexa Wilding

  • 10 May 2014 11am-12pm

Join art historian, Kirsty Stonell Walker to explore the fascinating story of the Pre-Raphaelite muse and model, Alexa Wilding. Kirsty will also be signing copies of her new book, A Curl of Copper and Pearl, based on the life of Alexa Wilding.

£6 including tea/coffee and biscuits. Booking essential on 01202 451820.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£6 for talk including tea/coffee and biscuits.