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Party Like It’s 1895

June 30, 2022

On 16 July 2022 we are hosting a children’s fancy dress party in the garden.  Click here to find out more about the event.  This event was inspired by a fancy dress party that Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes organised in January 1895 as part of Merton’s mayoralty of Bournemouth. In this post, you can see […]

Funding Success to Safeguard the Russell-Cotes

March 22, 2022

The Russell-Cotes is delighted to have been awarded £518,000 by the Arts Council England MEND (Museum and Estate Development) Fund to safeguard its cultural heritage. The grant will be enable the museum to get rid of its buckets and restore the leaking and damaged conservatory  to its former glory. The timber will be repaired and […]

Tour of the Upper Floor

January 10, 2022

A guided tour of the Upper Floor of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum with curator Duncan Walker. This film looks at the different rooms of the Upper Floor and some of the key features and objects within the rooms.

Centenary Celebrations

January 5, 2022

Celebrating 100 years of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum 2022 marks the centenary of the formal opening of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. The Russell-Cotes is a unique place where an extraordinary Victorian couple gathered fantastic art and objects from world cultures in an extraordinary house and then gave it to Bournemouth for […]

Scannable cards

July 5, 2021

Friends Membership and Annual Pass Cards We have recently updated our ticketing and till system. As part of this we have introduced scannable cards for Friends and Annual Pass Holders. This page provides information about the new cards. Purpose of the card The card represents your membership/pass and will be scanned to redeem any admission […]

Mysterious Museum

October 29, 2020

Objects and Paintings to Inspire you at Halloween Historic Houses have always occupied a strange, liminal kind of space, between the present and the past, and where each object and painting represents a window into a whole other world. Here at the Russell-Cotes, the lives of Merton and Annie shine through every element of your […]


September 4, 2020

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Tea on the Terrace

July 26, 2020

Tea on the Terrace! Enjoy drinks, snacks, cream teas, and more on the Russell-Cotes terrace, overlooking the garden and the sea. Open Tuesdays – Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays between 11am – 4pm. Please be aware that we may not be able to offer this outdoor catering in the event of bad weather. Seating is […]