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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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by Chloe (subscribe)
Events Management graduate currently living in Queenstown, NZ
Published October 22nd 2017
A beautiful tribute to the love of the Russell-Cotes

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is located in East Cliff Hall one of England's last Victorian houses to be built. The building of East Cliff Hall was started in 1897 and completed in 1901. It was the home to Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes, the house was gifted to Annie by Merton and the museum is a huge tribute to their love and incredible life together. The house looks over Bournemouth Beach and has an incredible view of the pier. The conservatory has the best view.

To get in you walk through the beautiful garden in the front. There is a lovely cafe and 4 galleries in the first part of the Museum which is the more modern part of the house. The galleries were first built in 1919 and where Annie's gift to the town. These galleries were open for 2 hours to visitors on the first Wednesday of every month. The house is filled with beautiful art and things that the couple collected on their travels.

My personal favourite part was the beautiful stained-glass windows and painted ceilings. The whole museum is amazing and I cannot describe it in words, I would recommend checking it out if you are in Bournemouth. One thing to bear in mind is this museum is a smaller one so only takes an hour or two to explore.
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