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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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Great location at the end of the High Street next to the harbour and has some really interesting exhibits that give a good feel for Poole in the past. Free entrance and nice roof... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great location at the end of the High Street next to the harbour and has some really interesting exhibits that give a good feel for Poole in the past. Free entrance and nice roof top cafe. Wish I had a bit more time to explore properly.

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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This museum is free and set over 3 floors, so there is something to please everybody. it has a display on so much of everyday life and more. there is plenty to amuse the kids with lots of touch displays too and also things to try on. There is a display on the RNLI at the moment which is really... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

plenty to see and do,small café.lift to all floors.free enrty.good local interest exhibits.small gift shop.exhits cover three floors and include poole pottery exhibition.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Took children here , bit off miss mash, took some doing to find just the period daughter needed for her homework. That said, the pottery is very nice,lots of different styles, periods, designs. There is little make your own tiles section which I thought clever and easy enough for a good range of ages. It's only shapes but still, nice.... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My wife and i spent a couple of hours before our return train journey looking at the avrious exhibits but we could easily have spent a lot more time so hopefully we'' go back at some point. The museum is free but contributions are welcome.

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London, United Kingdom
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76 attraction reviews
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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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