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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden
Ranked #7 of 72 things to do in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Came here on a rainy day with my 11year old son. Friendly. Well laid out. Interesting museum of local history. Lots of artefacts and information. Particularly impressed with the poet on site who made a poem just for him based on his musings of his day - what a privilege!

Thank whizzylala
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Lovely little museum charting the history of Poole. Good interactive displays to keep children entertained and the gift shop has a good range of pocket money priced toys (as well as Dorset Knobs!). Good place to go on a rainy day.

Thank brucestalker1
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Having lived in Poole for most of my life, this was my first visit and a delightful experience and one which my daughter of 10 year's of age also enjoyed.
The museum has four floors each having themes on the history of Poole and it's diverse history.
I will be returning to this museum as there's so much to see and to enjoy a coffee and a cake upstairs in the delightful Cafe which gives lovely views down the high Street and of the quay.

Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Quaint little museum that packs in lots of pertinent information for the locality. Easy access for disabled but beware those over 5'8" as the ceilings are low! Excellent cafe for drinks and limited snacks but well worth a visit. Fantastic herbal garden but the house is not yet open.

Thank Mick C
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

This museum may be small but it is very informative in telling the history of Poole from prehistoric times up to modern day. It displays a variety of archaeological artifacts from the Roman period to medieval times.

The major exhibits include the Swash Channel Wreck and the Poole log boat - a wonderfully preserved Iron Age boat found at Poole harbour in 1964.

Thank PeakyBlinder92
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