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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 #5 of 25 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Museum is really good, would recommend a visit to learn more about the history of the town. Herb Garden very peaceful.

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Sidcup
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This free museum gives some of the history of Poole. It is nicely laid out, and not too big, so it is not overwhelming. We really enjoyed our visit there.

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had a hour to spare so visited this museum, friendly staff, museum is over 3 floor with a cafe on the 3rd floor.Interesting exhibits and things to keep you interested on every floor, would have liked to have visited Scaplen Court Gardens but the gardens do not open to 1pm

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York, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
89 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I often find museums rather frustrating, as too many focus on the children's experience at the expense of adults. This little but perfectly formed museum shows how you can please both parties fully. The information is excellent and adult focused, and the objects are well labeled and well selected. However, there are also lots of activities to keep the children... More

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Herts. UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

A modern four storey museum housed in an old quayside building. The museum tells the history of Poole from prehistory to the modern day. The interpretation and layouts are bright and interesting with a good, and not over, use of film and video. Check out the footage of Sunderland flying boats in Poole harbour! The Bronze Age boat on the... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I really liked this museum, It was very interesting with well presented displays. My two grandchildren ages three and seven were happily occupied with the activities provided. I also enjoyed a coffee in the attractive cafe upstairs.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Visited with children 7,9 & 11 they found the museum interesting particularly the log canoe found in the harbour. Not a day long visit but worth going to if visiting the quayside with an hour to spare. The treasure hunt/quiz was not particularly challenging would be more suited to children eight and under. I would a Would suggest more time... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Really worth a visit very interesting lots to see and find out about old Poole,allow a couple of hours worth taking the children they won't be bored,also have a nice little cafe.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I wasn't very excited by the longboat, but once we got further up, and saw the exhibits from wartime I was rapt. Our thirty year old son was suddenly educated in what life was like then and I could relate to pictures from my youth. Plus very friendly staff and excellent things for children to do.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Wow. Do not miss this. Very well laid out and has the advantage of a lift to ensure you can explore all areas. Plenty of seating as well to rest or study in more detail. Very helpful staff.

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