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.
Russell-Cotes at Night

Russell-Cotes After Dark

  • 28 October 2017 7-10pm

Dare you explore the secrets in the shadows at the Russell-Cotes by night?

A rare chance to enjoy the museum after dark.

Wander the darkened corridors, see the house as you’ve never seen it before.But Beware - you may not be alone!

Buy refreshments at Annie’s Unearthly Apothecary.

Come in costume and receive a free drink.

Cost £10 per ticket. £7.50 for Friends or Annual Ticket holders

At the time of this event the Russell-Cotes will be carrying out essential conservation works to the skylight windows in the Edwardian Galleries, meaning Galleries I – IV will not be accessible.Therefore wheelchair users and those unable to climb the main staircase in the historic house would have restricted access to the event. If you would like further details please contact 01202 451830.

Not suitable for children under 10 years.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Cost £10 per ticket. £7.50 for Friends or Annual Ticket holders


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff Promenade




01202 451858

24 hour answer-phone

01202 451800


01202 451851

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