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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 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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Shropshire
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134 reviews 134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Came across the Poole museum while spending a morning in Poole. Entry is free so thought we would have a look. Lovely building and not too big so you don't get overwhelmed with information. Some interesting displays, and a lovely little cafe on the top floor with an outside terrace.

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Conception Bay South, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Staff in the History Centre were very friendly and helpful while I was researching my family's history. The Museum itself is an excellent immersion into the history of Poole. Especially good for fans of maritime history.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A well appointed museum of local life on three floors with interesting exhibits for young and old. Cafe on the top with a terrace.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We held a family wedding reception at Scaplen's Court earlier this summer. It's an intriguing building full of character and history with a delightful and well tended garden, and the staff are SO helpful. When it's open to the public it is free to visit and should not be missed.

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a nice small museum with lots of local interest. My only criticism is that wheelchair users cannot see all of the exhibits as they are in tall cabinets.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

These attractions are FREE which is quite unusual in this day and age. The museum has something for everyone, including dress-up clothes for kids, a long boat dating back to BC (Stone Age) and several floors of interesting local history, including the famous pottery and tiles of the area. Scalpen's Court is an ancient house and herb garden (very pretty)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had previously visited the museum, which is great. This time we found the superb Scaplan's Court. It's great for families or adults and what's more it's free. So much of old Poole has been destroyed and replaced with terrible post war 'developments' it's amazing that this has remained. Well done to all the volunteers that keep it going.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great fun - everyone very helpful. Very interesting. The gardens are a lovely spot for a pic is. Good activities for kids. Cafe has a great view of the Barbour.

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visiting Poole for the day with my family we came across Scaplen's Court by accident and we all loved it. My grandchildren had to be practically dragged out. The highlight was the young man demonstrating cooking and later 'played' a barber surgeon, explaining how illnesses were treated. All of the children were mesmerised by it. There's a sweet garden and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Rather a rushed visit by us as it was the end of the day and shortly closing but so glad we went. It's only a small museum but full of artefacts and information on the history and development of Poole, including relics from a ancient trading ship found in the Swashway. Lots of information on how the town evolved, trades... More

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