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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

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Address: 4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
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+44 1202 262600

At Poole Museum discover the colourful history of this ancient port town...

At Poole Museum discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and its people, and learn about the amazing environment of Poole Harbour, on four floors of art, archaeology and social history. The recently extended and re-displayed museum (all year, except Mons in Winter)has a terrace with stunning harbour views, and activities for all. Medieval Scaplen's Court Museum is open Aug and its tranquil herb garden May - Sept afternoons. ALL FREE.

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The museum was a wee treat on a day of poor weather in Poole. Entry was free and there was plenty to see and do for all the family. Some features weren't available without... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was a wee treat on a day of poor weather in Poole. Entry was free and there was plenty to see and do for all the family. Some features weren't available without appointment but most were free to access. I visited with a pram and it was easy to get about with a lift on every floor. It's... More 

Thank Rob23rbb
Worthing, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five minutes from Poole Station , Head towards Old Town of Poole just near the Quay .Just look for the glass frontage . This free museum tells you how Poole grew from humble beginnings to today`s modern town. As you go in , you will see a gift shop first of all and as you go past the shop you... More 

Thank David K
Grantham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you go to Poole to stare at the Sunseeker yachts and the multi-million pound houses in Sandbanks then take a break and visit Poole Museum which shows the history of this fine, coastal town. It's small, but there's plenty there to interest adults and children alike and the staff are always ready with information without being intrusive.

Thank forensics2014
Taunton, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

We were just passing during a visit to Poole and thought we'd take a look more for curiosity's sake than anything else. We were astounded and delighted by a truly remarkable museum. The staff were helpful and full of interesting facts and stories, the building itself was fascinating and exhibits varied. Well worth a visit.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

This is a wonderful attraction and should not be missed. So much to see and much of it related to the sea, short video and audio films about all aspects of the area. Excellent display of a log boat in the entrance, guides on hand for any questions you may have. Wonderful - and it is free.

Thank lynnc185
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We visited this free museum over the Christmas period. It is situated at the bottom of the High Street just away from Poole Quay in a striking building that blend old and new together really well. Enter in and go past the shop and reception desk where you will find lifts to the three floors of the museum above. Each... More 

Thank JDL72
Poole, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Being a local I visit every now and again with the kids as they grow, great information on a range of subjects and great history of the local area. Very informative and well laid out with some interactive parts to keep younger visitors interested. Not to be missed when in Poole and as a bonus it is FREE! But a... More 

Thank Viking_F87
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I only visited the Museum which I did find interesting. Before it was brought up to date and had the posh porch added it was a bit cluttered but I did like the old shop fronts they had and the Boy Scout exhibition. All that has gone now as the Museum is devoted to the history of the town. The... More 

Thank Mike W
Poole, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Live in Poole for nearly seven years and only visited last month. This place is great and is a wonderful experience and education of the history of Poole. The amazing thing about this attraction is that it is free. We went to see the recent art exhibition which was exceptional!

Thank Drivers22
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2016

What a privilege to see this collection of drawings,from the 16 century on. Beautifully presented,with information on the artist,some with the pictures of the final work, it is amazing to think these pieces of paper have survived the centuries. Only one more day to see it! Then it moves to Hull, Ireland and USA.

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