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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
Phone Number: +44 1202 262600
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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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Don'r visit Poole without going here, it's free!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Thank Drivers22
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited to view the Lines of Thought temporary exhibition which was first class but were so intrigued by the rest of the exhibits that we toured the entire museum. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Chris G
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Stunning building housing very comprehensive collections of things relevant to Poole. Great collection of 1950s furniture and very interesting look at life for housewives at that time. Drawing exhibition well chosen but a wasted opportunity unless you are under 4ft tall..someone chose to place information on each drawing so low down it was impossible or too uncomfortable to bother and... More 

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Thank Julie B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The shop as you walk in wasnt what we personally would have hoped for, it was mainly books. A museum in my view should have little bits and bobs advertising the museum itself, and a keep sake for when you go home to show where you have been. It is free entry and good for bad weather days, and in... More 

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Tucked away in Poole Old Town just yards from the quay Poole Museum is a gem. Exhibits from over the centuries are exceptionally well presented. But until 5 November Lines of Thought has brought an amazing international art display right here to Dorset. It features drawings from Michelangelo, Renoir to Henry Moore and Bridget Riley. And it's free. How utterly... More 

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Thank Beverley H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Although this is a small museum it is very well set out and you can soak up the history all for free! As well as its established exhibits they have new exhibits every now and then, or they will dedicate an area to say a small art exhibition. It is open and airy and ideal for a seaside town -... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We walked through the dolphin centre and up the main high street to the quay, from the adjoining bus stop. The museum has ''something for all'' from nautical, ancient pottery, art, various manufactures, but our reason for staying in Bournemouth was hopefully to see Poole in the elite league final (3/10/16)-exhibited in the museum back to the days when rudge... More 

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Thank Remarks4711
Upton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is about the fourth time we have visited the museum, and there always seems to be something new on show. This is a really excellent exhibition of the history of the area, and well worth a visit.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The museum is quite small and lovely. Surprisingly, it has ancient log boat on the first floor. It is a free entrance museum that you can donate.

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