Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
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.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm
Closed: Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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.
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
- Venus Verticordia
- Victorian Art
Rituals and Revelry: Masks and Puppets from Around the World
- 10 April — 8 October 2016 *on now
Puppets have always had a mystery and a magic. Rituals and Revelry captures that magic and makes it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Puppets and masks are at the root of performing arts and are used in nearly all cultures throughout the world. Through the means of transformation and revelation they have a role in religion and ritual as well as in revelry and satire. From Spitting Image to bunraku puppets and from the Vendetta mask to Noh plays, this exhibition which comes from The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, will surprise and delight all ages and include spectacular work from our own collections.
Masks, puppets and performing objects are one of the most ancient and popular forms of theatre. They can perhaps be best understood as a point of synthesis for all the arts, a unique combination of visual art, design, craft,dance, music, opera and drama. It is a vibrant living, breathing, subversive art form which plays a major role in modern theatre; and has developed unique applications into film, television and the media.. Read more…
Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Scotland’s primary venue, gallery, training centre and resource in this field has compiled a touring exhibition of masks and puppets. This exhibition chronicles the history of the world’s oldest theatrical tradition, and also displays its contemporary relevance.
- Family friendly
- 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 russellcotes.com or telephone 01202 451820 for further details or to purchase tickets.
£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 www.russellcotes.com
Performances at 6.30pm and 7.45pm
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff Promenade
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