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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

Address: 4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
Phone Number: 01202 262 600
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Ranked #7 of 21 Attractions in Poole
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: At Poole Museum discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and its people, and learn...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, 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 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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Musuem very interesting, lots to look at, everything displayed well. Lovely little cafe, quite reasonably priced. Also a must for me in Poole musuem lifts to all floors, disabled toilets which were very clean and above all all the staff were friendly and welcoming. Explore this little gem and you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

marvelling at the longboat and bringing it back to life with your mind's eye ...the rest of the museum is A1 as well

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

a great place to go when the weather isn't so good . the longboat found in the harbour is fascinating and the Victorian dentist chair with head restraint will make you very grateful of modern anesthetic

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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88 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Came upon things to do in Poole and felt it was worth a visit. The Muesum is easy to find, just off the Quay, or via the end of the High Street. Poole Muesum is very interesting and full of local information and artifacts and is laid out over three floors with access via stairs or lift. As you walk... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We went to the museum today by accident as we were visiting the harbourside and shops but decided to call in and have a look. The museum is well laid out with great information about the exhibits. The museum is spead over 3 floors each floor dedicated to a different era in the history of Poole. There is a cafe... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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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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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87 helpful votes 87 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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