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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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A must visit in Poole

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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90 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
35 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

this is a very good museum for both adults and children. It is very light and airy and the staff are very welcoming. We enjoyed passing an hour here.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Really very very interesting showing the history of Poole - boat building and pottery along with many other interesting items. This museum is in a lovely old building with a modern enterance and explanations of the exhibits making the best of technology. It is located over sever floors all of which can be reached easily by lift and it has... More 

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