A Trip to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth

I met up with Georgie on Thursday morning to chat about posts and she suggested visiting the Russell-Cotes Musuem. I didn't know that there was a musuem in Bournemouth; my knowledge of Bournemouth is limited to the university, clubs and shops, so I was looking forward to learning some of Bournemouth's history.

It's not even ten minutes walk from the beach, and once you arrive at the huge house behind the green gates you can look out over at the pier and a massive stretch of beach - it's an amazing view! It gets even better when you're in the bedrooms on the top floor; the Russell-Cotes' definitely had "a room with a view" - and what a view it is!

The museum is actually a house that was owned by Sir Merton & Lady Anne Cotes, filled with impressive paintings and relics from around the world that they brought on their travels. You can walk around the whole house, gardens and the art gallery, which in total took me about 2 hours, including a 30 minute tour. Basically, Lady Anne was one very lucky lady as her husband gave her that house as a birthday present!

When I got to the house I walked around on my own for 45 minutes before getting the tour, which is such a good decision, as despite having walking around already I soon realised that there was so much that I'd missed! Also it's nice to not have to read every information board but to be able to look around the room at the artefacts and to listen whilst you do to the history behind each piece.

The house really is beautiful, there is so much to look at, from paintings, furniture and the owners old possessions.

The art gallery is made up of three large rooms; in the latter one the content changes depending on which exhibition they are featuring at the time. The current one, 'The De Morgans and the Sea', features beatuiful artwork from the De Morgans until the 28th September.

And there's even a lovely little café to stop to have lunch before you enter the museum itself, or for a break during your visit, as I did for a much needed bottle of water - it was such a hot day! And you don't have to just sit in the cafe, you can sit out on the balcony too.

Have you visited the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum? Did you enjoy the visit?

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum,
Russell Cotes Rd, 
 BH1 3AA. 

01202 451800

Written by Ellie @ Beauxoxo intern


  1. Ooh this looks so pretty, I've never been but it looks so lovely! Such fab photos! X

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post! You absolutely must visit if you get the chance :) xo

  2. The Russell-Cotes Museum is a real gem. I recently visited for the first time to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibition. If you go get ready to immerse yourself in a whole different time frame. An absolutely marvellous experience.


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