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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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Great Museum

The museum gives a great history of Poole with one of the oldest bark boats dating more than 2000... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
What a find!

Were in Poole for the day and came across the museum while walking on the quay. It was in an old... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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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
+44 1202 262600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum gives a great history of Poole with one of the oldest bark boats dating more than 2000 years old. The efforts to preserve this boat is worth congratulating the conservators for a job well done. The keel section of a sunken Dutch ship...More

Thank gordon35au
Reviewed 3 days ago

Were in Poole for the day and came across the museum while walking on the quay. It was in an old building which had been beautifully restored and there was a wide range of exhibits on the different floors. Tip - take the lift to...More

Thank jillisaac
Reviewed 4 days ago

As it should be...free, all museums should cost this much! A great place to explore the heritage of Poole. Its a place for ages. The staff are friendly and helpful. You could easily spend a couple of hours here. Our children 3 and 6 years...More

Thank Hampshirehogg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting, something to do for all ages. Friendly staff, nice gift shop and a lovely café! Would recommend.

Thank callical123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a historical trip around the old town of Poole, it was time for an in-depth look at the town through the ages, and we where not disappointed, the museum filled In many of the unanswered questions. We spent over a hour in there, and...More

Thank Heather D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both Poole museum and the Scaplens toy museum are extremely boring. They are not great for kids at all. They are dingy, dull and the shop is not what I would call a shop. If they want people to spend money then they need to...More

Thank mumchla
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the tourist information in this museum following being stranded in Poole by Brownsea Island Ferries after we were misinformed about the last ferry. Went to the lady at tourist information and explained our predicament, she was so so helpful, helped us find the nearest...More

Thank starjessica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great town museums. FREE! Lots of interesting displays about lots of different aspects of local history. Also some hands on stuff for children. Cafe with a terrace for drinks and snacks. The Scaplalen's court next door is also very good, with old children's toys to...More

Thank Shirley T
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We wondered in, and found a gentleman giving a discussion about life a few hundred years ago. He was very informative, funny and enjoyable. He involved the kids, who all thought he was great. The gardens were also very nice. I made sure to put...More

Thank Seafrauk
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...More

Thank whizzylala
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Mike S
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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.