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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: 01202 262 600
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Description: 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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Scaplens only open in August

The museum occupies two dockside warehouses: one 15th Century and the other Victorian. Both have been sympathetically modernised retaining a superb oak roof. The displays are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The museum occupies two dockside warehouses: one 15th Century and the other Victorian. Both have been sympathetically modernised retaining a superb oak roof. The displays are well laid out. Teashop has an outside terrace with a great view. Good for a wet day, but remember that Scaplens is only open during school holidays in August.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great place to visit and it's free .over 3 floors of great history to see .all set in a Victorian quayside warehouse .has got lift to all floors and there is a cafe on the top floor .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

there is so much to see it is difficult to know where to start. Poole has a fascinating history, including Scaplen's Court, which shows a fascinating insight to living in a bygone age, but only in August. The garden too is an old English style with herbs. Definitely a must visit.

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Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very hands-on with a mix of media presentations, artefacts and interactive displays. We learned so much about the Port across the years. Plenty of audio visuals and original film footage made this the perfect museum .

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Milton Keynes, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Worth poping in and getting a good history of the area. And it's free. Over at least 3 floors, quite a bit see and read. Allow an hour minimum and more if you want to read all. Didn't go to the court house. Its a bit of educational stuff in an area of tourist shops/ pubs and food outlets.

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Small museum, great layout. Very interesting. Free to visit but worth a donation, nice cafe. Family friendly

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

what a great free place to go ,very interesting and full of great objects to look at , you could loose yourself for a hour and not realise it. please go ,you will be happy, thanks dave and nicola

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It's FREE! 3 floors of local history and artifacts...... Check the opening hours though, it's not open all day every day....

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The museum is set in an old building, with over three floors, with some low ceilings in part but with lift access to all floors. Entry is free, but you can leave a donation. The exhibits are well displayed, with interesting facts regarding the local area. The cafe is on the third floor with some nice views over the quay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Museum is in an old building, over three floors, with some low ceilings in part but with lift access to all floors. Entry is free but you can leave a donation. The exhibits are well displayed with interesting facts about the local area. The cafe is on the third floor with some views over the quay from the terrace. We... More 

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