Sunday, 13 February 2022 10:33

100 years of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

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 their education and enlightenment.

Visitors today are transported to another time and place to experience beauty, quirkiness and an amazing warm and peaceful atmosphere and to be inspired by fine and decorative arts and objects collected from around the world.

This year Russell-Cotes have a range of special events including themed late night openings, touring exhibitions, talks and workshops, and more. There will be music, dancing, tours, craft activities and everything you expect (and some you don’t) from the Russell-Cotes. 

It’s all part of the Centenary Celebrations, marking 100 years since the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum opened its doors to the public. 

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Vibrant Places at BCP Council said, "The Russell-Cotes was generously given to the people of Bournemouth 100 years ago. It's one of the most iconic buildings in Bournemouth, in a spectacular location nestled on the cliff top. It houses an extraordinary internationally important collection and has played an important part in Bournemouth’s cultural history. It continues to be an inspiration to the people of the town, ensuring Bournemouth thrives as a vibrant cultural centre for locals and visitors."

Sarah Newman, Museum Manager added, "‘Our visitors love the Russell-Cotes and its extraordinary and enchanting atmosphere, which is so important to them for their sense of place and their personal wellbeing, particularly in these strange times. We hope that our exciting programme of events and exhibitions will inspire even more people to visit the museum in 2022 to find enjoyment, inspiration, fun or perhaps solace. As well as looking back, the Centenary is a great opportunity to look forward and we are looking forward to sharing many new developments over the next year."


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