Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Main Hall
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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, Garden, parklands or rural site

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 £7.50 (gift aid)
Child £4 (gift aid)
Under 5s free
See website for full price list

Discounts

  • 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Curator Betty Yao stood next to an image titled Machu Bride

China: Through the lens of John Thomson (1868 -72)

  • 2 November 2018 — 2 June 2019 *on now

The beauty and sensitivity of his work established him as a pioneer of photo-journalism and one of the most influential photographers of his generation. His achievement is all the more remarkable given the early stage of photography required travelling through difficult terrains with large cameras, glass plates and heavy equipment. As a foreigner, Thomson’s ability to gain access to photograph women was particularly remarkable. Whether photographing the rich and famous or people in the streets going about their everyday business, Thomson’s desire was to present a faithful account of the people he encountered. See iconic photographs of China reproduced on a large, sometimes life-size, scale accompanied by objects collected by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their visit to China only a decade later.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.50 Adult
£4.00 Student
£4.00 Child
Free Child under five

See website for full price list

Website

http://russellcotes.com/event/china/

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
East Cliff Promenade
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH1 3AA
England

Website

http://russellcotes.com/

E-mail

russellcotes@bournemouth.gov.uk

Telephone

01202 451858

24 hour answer-phone

01202 451800

Fax

01202 451851

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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