Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth, United Kingdom

I’ve been to Bournemouth in the UK a couple of times and years ago whilst there for the first time I visited the Russell-Cotes Museum. Ever since, I’ve been dying to visit again as the building, situated on East Cliff overlooking the sea left such an impact on me. So when I recently visited the city again this art gallery and museum was one of my first stops.

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Russell-Cotes is a spectacular seaside villa from the Victorian times. Inside there are paintings, sculptures and all sorts of artefacts from around the world. In fact, the original owners, Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes created the home together and collected objects during their travels across the globe. It is this interesting mix of culturally/geographically-located artefacts that make the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum what it is today.

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At present the facade of the museum is being renovated, so the above photo doesn’t really do justice to the beauty that is Russell-Cotes, but it gives you an idea of the originality of the architecture nonetheless. In fact, the museum was built as a dedication to Mr Russell-Cotes’ wife, Annie and it is an embodiment of the love they shared. Upon their deaths, the building and all artworks were left to the city of Bournemouth.

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Furthermore, the museum comprises permanent exhibitions but also some changing ones. Rooms go from modern, light and airy to colourful, rich and vibrant – a juxtaposition you simply cannot miss.

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By far my favourite place inside the Russell-Cotes Museum is this incredibly colourful balustrade which shows this mergence of colour, design and culture – all brought together under one roof. And who would’ve thought that red and green go so well together?

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Moreover, no two rooms are alike inside the museum and each give a different atmosphere and create a different impression on the visitor. This is done through the unique placement of sculptures and paintings.

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So if you’re visiting Bournemouth in the UK or exploring the southern coastline, be sure to stop at the Russell-Cotes Museum – it’s a worthwhile experience that will leave art lovers yearning for more.

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Elizabeth Joss

Elizabeth Joss is the founder and main writer at The Museum Times. She works as a university lecturer by day and is an avid travel blogger and arts and culture enthusiast by night. Elizabeth started The Museum Times out of the need to give smaller, lesser-known museums more exposure.

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