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Poole Museum & Scaplen's Court

Poole-Museum Front

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Poole's rich history is revealed in Poole Museum's four floors of galleries, which tell the story of  Poole. It is a fascinating story that will take you through thousands of years, across oceans and into the lives of many Poole people.

Set in a Victorian quayside warehouse, the Museum's galleries tell the story of the historic maritime town of Poole and its harbour from prehistory to the 21st century, with display from archaeology to art, pirates to potteries.

The museum hosts an exciting programme of events and activities throughout the year from trails and talks to living history.

The Town Cellars. originally built about 1300, now houses the Local History Centre, where residents and visitors can delve deeper into archives and resources covering the history of Poole and its people.  

Scaplen’s Court, is Poole’s most complete medieval domestic building, now principally dedicated to the Museum education service . The herb and physic garden is open throughout the summer and Scaplen’s Court can be visited during August.  The character-filled period rooms and pretty walled garden are also available to hire exclusively, creating a fantastic setting for weddings and corporate and private events. events.

Small cafe serving snacks and hot drinks.  

The Museum and temporary exhibitions are free of charge, and fully accessible.  

Summer opening hours:
Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm

Winter opening hours
Mon-Sat 10am -4pm
Sun 12 noon - 4pm

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

 

 

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*
Sunday12:00 - 16:00*

* Open all year. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
4 High Street
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1BW
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Tel01202 262600

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Recent Reviews:

  • Barbara C
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Learnt a lot about some of the history of Poole
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 8th February 2019
    Inspite of visiting Poole for many years I have never been in the museum.I was really surprised at the amount of interesting things to see.The log boat that was dredged up from the harbour is... Read full review
  • DWalker95
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Do NOT miss RNLI Photography Exhibition
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th February 2019
    The latest RNLI photography exhibition in Poole Museum is incredibly interesting and full of history both locally and further afield! If you have any interest in photography, lifeboats or sailing in... Read full review
  • Arthur D
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Amazing! Something for free.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd March 2019
    A very interestring museum with plenty of good displays. Wheel chair access is good with lift to all floor including cafe/toilets on 3rd floor. Read full review

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