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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
+44 1202 262600
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I’m a local in Poole and like most locals only visited this museum recently! It’s well laid out and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joanne M
History Unearthed !

We have only just "discovered" the Museum, despite living nearby for some years. It's excellent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
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+44 1202 262600
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"local history"
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"several floors"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"long boat"
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"iron age"
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"roof terrace"
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"temporary exhibition"
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"stone age"
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"free entry"
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"free attraction"
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"great history"
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"worth a visit"
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"rainy day"
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"high street"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I’m a local in Poole and like most locals only visited this museum recently! It’s well laid out and has lots of items of interest. I liked the showcasing of local artists and understand that the exhibitions vary. The rooftop has a lovely view of...More

Thank Joanne M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We have only just "discovered" the Museum, despite living nearby for some years. It's excellent. Spread over several floors in old wharfe buildings adjacent to the dockside, it's full of fascinating information and displays on local matters stretching back many decades. Well presented and worth...More

Thank 1941bigjohn
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here to ask about toilets (can use them here) and stayed to look around the museum. Very interesting. Well worth a visit. There is a special exhibition on at the moment and very informative.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small museum but perfect for a quick visit for some local history. Enjoyed the ceramic display. Small rooftop cafe with a great view from the terrace.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After going crabbing one Sunday afternoon, we went to the museum and the people who run the museum are friendly and helpful. It’s free to visit and there are lots of local artefacts about Poole pottery, merchants and fishing.

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

This museum is near to Poole Quay. The museum is free. It was interesting to find out about local history. The museum is small so my visit was around half an hour.

Thank Selina C
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Really pleasantly surprised with the entire museum, very interesting exhibits well laid out over numerous floors with good disabled access throughout. The café terrace has views down the main street and out over the harbour. A must visit if around Poole.

Thank BaldEagle100
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Well laid out with some super artefacts, lots of local history, interesting art show while we were there and some nostalgic exhibits. Scalpens is a lovely old building and a quaint herb garden a quiet space to sit and enjoy the garden

Thank RichBrookdale
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Definitely worth visiting if you are near Poole Quay. Located in an old warehouse, the museum displays artefacts from ancient to modern times including fine examples of Poole pottery and ceramics. We enjoyed coffee and cake on the roof terrace of the excellent cafe which...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Not sure how you can give a free museum anything less than a five , I found it a really interesting museum and if I didn’t have kids with me,could of easily spent a few hours in there reading and stuff, well worth a visit...More

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Response from Jules453 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure either. It seems though that Poole is dog friendly. A lot of shops have water bowls outside for our canine friends.
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