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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Discover the Russell-Cotes story....

In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea.

It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present - lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy. They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting.

A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time and gave it to the future.

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Venue/Contact Details
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
East Cliff Promenade
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Refreshment / Snacks
  • Toilet Available
  • Drop off / Collection point
Times and Costs
Opening times:
OPEN: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays., CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We are occasionally closed for functions. Please check Forthcoming closures before starting your journey.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
Adult & Senior Citizen - £7.50. Child (5-17 years) - £4.00. Child under 5 - FREE. Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children) - £20.00. Student - £4.00. Concession - £4.00. Art Fund, Museum Association and SW Fed Museums Members - FREE. Annual Pass Holder - FREE. Friends of the Russell-Cotes Member - FREE. Entrance to the Cafe and Cafe gallery is without charge.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
Booking is not required
Are your staff DBS Approved?
Do you have a First Aid Policy?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?