Siam Photography Exhibition At The Russell Cotes

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Russell-Cotes House, Gallery and Garden, East Cliff Promenade, BOURNEMOUTH, Dorset, BH1 3AA

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Siam Exhibition at the Russell-Cotes


Step back in time and immerse yourself in the wonders of 19th-century Southeast Asia as seen through the lens of the intrepid adventurer and photographer, John Thomson.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is proud to present an enchanting new exhibition Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson on display from 21 October 2023 to 14 April 2024, inviting visitors to embark on a captivating journey through time and space.

This extraordinary showcase offers a unique glimpse into the captivating landscapes, diverse cultures, and fascinating history of Southeast Asia.

A British photographer with an exceptional eye for detail, Thomson embarked on a groundbreaking journey to Siam during the late Victorian era, with a fairly new invention in those days: photography, capturing scenes that had been scarcely witnessed before in the Western world.

Throughout his remarkable career, Thomson ventured into uncharted territories and documented the exotic beauty and cultural richness of Thailand and Cambodia in stunning detail.

Featuring dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London's Wellcome Collection, this exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand and Cambodia as witnessed by Thomson first hand.

In this new exhibition, visitors to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum will have the privilege of witnessing many meticulously preserved photographs taken by Thomson during his travels, carefully curated to provide an insightful narrative of his exploration. Each image tells a story of its own, serving as a bridge between the past and the present, enabling visitors to forge a deeper connection with the cultures and history of Thailand and Cambodia.

Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1837-1921) is running from 21 October 2023 to 14 April 2024.

Exhibition included with general admission ticket.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Unit 1 - Adult£8.50 per ticket
Unit 2 - Child£4.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

By FootThe Russell-Cotes is on the East Cliff Promenade, just two minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier and ten minutes walk from the town centre.By BikeThere are bicycle-racks on the East Cliff Promenade next to the Russell-Cotes entrance. Bicycles are not allowed in to the house's historic garden.By BusThe house is situated on the main bus routes with services provided by Wilts & Dorset Buses, which run from the Travel Interchange every three to four minutes. The journey takes about five minutes.The bus stop for Wilts & Dorset Buses: M1 and 13 is on Westover Road by the Bournemouth Pavilion.By RailThe Russell-Cotes is 1.2 miles from Bournemouth Railway Station (approximately 20 minutes walk). Yellow bus 2 runs from the station to Bath Road. For train timetable information visit


Opening Times

Season (21 Nov 2023 - 14 Apr 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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