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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
01202 262 600
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Ranked #6 of 26 Attractions in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Went to Poole with the thought of going to Brownsea. Realised we were too late and happened on the museum. Very interesting layout with lots of things to do. Friendly and helpful staff. Lots of children friendly activities and they especially loved the DIY museum on the top floor. We didn't try the cafe but the coffee smelt good. We... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A great museum! Loved the Swash Channel Wreck! Realy well presented and interesting finds. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Brighton
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I had not realised this was here before. Such a good layout and interesting exhibits despite limited funds. The staff were genuinely helpful. Didnt know about Scaplens and didnt visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The lack of funds shows up in a few things being offline or having limited info, but there are some genuinely interesting exhibits like the logboat. The old interior beams give it is a nice feel and are cunningly padded to offset the low height. Definitely a good way to fill half an hour in Poole.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had my friends wedding in scaplens court and was so surprised it was there. Have lived in poole for a few years now and was unaware it was there,it has a beautiful courtyard garden which is like a haven in all the hustle and bustle of the surroundings and the oldy worldly charm takes your breath away

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Well spaced out. Children allowed to get hands on. Cafe on open terrace reasonably priced and very friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It was our second visit to these attractions. We had discovered them on our first ever visit to Poole in June, 2014. The museum is a fascinating place. Each floor covers a different period. The exhibits are well documented and tell a great deal about the time covered. There are no 'boring' exhibits. Of particular interest to us was the... More

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Herts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Been past this museum a hundred times and never gone in.However this time we had a look and we were pleasantly surprised.Nicely done and not very large but it is on 3 floors and full of interesting bits and pieces about the history of poole.On the top floor there are tea rooms with a lovel balcony although we did not... More

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

visited poole museum with my two children (7 and 4) there sre lots of exhibitis over 3 floors. Both of my children were kept amused and there is a dedicated childs area on the 3rd floor with dressing up, colouring, games etc. There are a lot of inactive areas in the museum which was good to see. Scaplens court was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

we had a wander round the museum as we have lived in poole for many years and had not done so before, it was very good all the local history and artifacts were well presented and laid out so that you could actually have a good look at the items, then we decided to have a coffee and a cake.... More

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