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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Tues-Sun: 10am-5pm
East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, England, BH1 3AA

The Basics

Explore four purpose-built galleries and marvel over the Russell-Cotes’ collection of souvenirs from Russia, New Zealand, and beyond, before taking in the vast collection of pre-Raphaelite artworks in the Main Hall. Don’t miss the Japanese garden either.

Convenient hop-on hop-off buses typically stop at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, while regional 2- or 3-day passes also allow you to combine visits to the gallery with stops at other nearby attractions.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Children ages five and under enter for free.

  • There’s an on-site café serving light bites, cakes, and drinks.

  • Elevators help make the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum mostly wheelchair accessible, apart from the upper ground floor of East Cliff Hall.

  • There are accessible toilets on the second floor.

  • The house is unfortunately not fully stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Situated on the East Cliff Promenade in Bournemouth, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is easily accessible on foot from the town center. Alternatively, Yellow Buses and Wilts & Dorset Buses pass by the gallery, while the Bournemouth Railway Station is just a 20-minute walk away. There is also plenty of parking available nearby.

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When to Get There

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is typically open between the mid-morning and late afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday, as well as bank holiday Mondays. The gallery typically closes on Good Friday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Visit midweek for a quieter experience or stop by for one of the museum’s regular events, such as board game Fridays.

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What to Do in Bournemouth

Once beloved by the Victorians, Bournemouth remains a popular English seaside destination. Enjoy an ice cream on Bournemouth Beach, stroll through the Lower Garden, visit the Oceanarium, and take in the views from the historic West Cliff Lift funicular. Don’t miss the arcades and attractions on Bournemouth Pier either.

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