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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

East Cliff, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA, United Kingdom | 01202451858 | Website

Does what it ‘says on the tin’

4

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair, Mobility Scooter

Overview

We visited with a manual wheelchair and found it pretty much as per the description. There is nowhere to park - or even drop off - at the museum. Public car parks nearby by up and down steepish slopes. Helpful staff. Carer admitted free. If you don’t want to visit the museum itself, there’s free access to the gift shop and nice cafe (via lift).

Transport & Parking

2

No parking at the venue. Public car parks up and down slopes needing a good wheelchair pusher. If you use a mobility scooter from the car park remember that you can’t use it inside the museum. Bus routes stop nearby (near Royal Bath Hotel) but again steep approach to the museum. You’d need to take a taxi from the railway station.

Access

4

Everything flat on the ground floor. Lift with automatic doors to 1st floor (small history of the museum and accessible loo) and 2nd floor (living rooms of the house). Staircase access only to 3rd floor - so we didn’t visit. On 2nd floor access to the Gallery is via 3 steps or small lift. This lift had heavy doors that have to be opened manually and being in a corner was tricky to open.

Toilets

4

Good accessible loo but within paid area. Clear red cord by positioned where it might easily be pulled by mistake when rising from the loo. Plenty of space for wheelchair and carer.

Staff

5

Helpful receptionist, opened the main doors for us on entry and exit, even though she had people waiting to pay for entry at the time.

Anything else you wish to tell us?

Lots to see in this small museum with lots of printed information about the rooms and their content. Interesting sculptures and dramatic pictures in the gallery. Probably worth the £7.50 entrance fee - free access for carer.

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