Russell-Cotes Museum

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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“Beautiful architecture and exquisite taste distinguishes Russel-Cotes House that is now converted in art gallery. I particularly admired the objects collected in China.”

Alessandra (Scalea)

“Amazing story of 2 people who travelled the world and brought back memorabilia to share with anyone and everyone. Lovely house. Well-worth at least 2 hours wandering around. Views are terrific.”

Alp (Dorset)

“What a beautiful place to spend a few hours looking at all the amazing art and objects and decor! It is situated overlooking the beautiful beach and sea! The entrance fee is very reasonable!”

Madeline (TripAdvisor Member)