Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Discover the Russell-Cotes Story

The Russell-Cotes was originally the private home of extensive travellers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie. It was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.

Visit one of the most important and fascinating museum-houses in England. It holds collections of international status and reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures. East Cliff Hall was the home of Sir Merton Russell-Cotes (1835-1921) and Lady Russell-Cotes (1835-1920).

The building of East Cliff Hall was begun in 1897 and was completed in its first form in 1901. The house was designed by the architect John Frederick Fogerty, who moved to Bournemouth in the late 1880's. The Russell-Cotes continued to live in the house, which was officially opened in 1909 with public admission on the first Wednesday of the month, up until their deaths in 1920.

Includes a great cafe and shop.

Please check the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum website for opening times and admission.


  • Russell Cotes Road
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • BH1 3AA