Architectural, Cultural sights in Bournemouth
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The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is an ostentatious mix of Italianate villa, Scottish baronial pile and Japanese gardens. It was built at the end of the 1800s for Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes as somewhere to showcase the remarkable range of souvenirs gathered on their world travels - look out for a plaster version of the Parthenon frieze by the stairs, Maori woodcarving and Persian tiles.
The house is also dripping with Victorian art and paintings by Rossetti, Edwin Landseer and William Frith.