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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm

Closed: Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Charges Apply
Adult £6 (gift aid)
Child £4 (gift aid)
See website for full price list


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

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
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.
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum at NIght

Spine-Tingling Tours

  • 28 October 2016 6-9pm

When the sun sets on Friday 28th October the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum will come to life! Dare you tread the darkened corridors with storyteller Lizzie Bryant for a spooky, spine-tingling twilight tour?

Be chilled by strange and spooky stories of ghosts, goblins, devils and demons from around the world. Make sure to keep an eye out for supernatural beings stalking the corridors at this haunting time of year and for some of the weird and wonderful objects in the Russell-Cotes collection.

Pre and post performance participants can calm their pulses with a restorative drink at the bar.

Children can create a spooky craft to take home.

Best Costume prizes will also be awarded to those brave enough to attend in fancy dress.

Suitable for adults and children aged 7+

£10 Adult Ticket, £5 Child Ticket, £25 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)

Pre-Booking essential, timed performances at 6.30pm and 7.45pm with limited spaces, see or telephone 01202 451820 for further details or to purchase tickets.

Suitable for

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


£10 Adult Ticket
£5 Child Ticket (7 - 16 years)
£25 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)
To book call into the museum, call 01202 451820 or visit
Performances at 6.30pm and 7.45pm


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff Promenade




01202 451858

24 hour answer-phone

01202 451800


01202 451851

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