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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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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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Poole Museum

This is a very modern and welcoming museum just off the Quayside.There are lots of interesting exhibits of a largely local nature. This does not detract from its interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very modern and welcoming museum just off the Quayside.There are lots of interesting exhibits of a largely local nature. This does not detract from its interest however. An all season, all weather free attraction and excellent for getting some local knowledge. Toilets and a cafe on site.

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Thank Barry S
Poole, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting museum with lovely garden educational tours with Victorian cookery classes. An example of old Poole rich family home with school room.

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Thank cressida9
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. Really beautiful old building, and they put on some fab events. Lots of effort put in and it is mostly quite hands on. The only down side it that it is only open as specific times/dates so you can't just wonder in unless you're lucky!

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Thank Kerry P
Poole, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

I love this museum, it's small but really a interesting building and my 7 year old loved it too. If you have a spare hour, take a look. The garden in particular is amazing, it's perfectly tranquil even though the museum is located on a busy street near to the Quay.

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Thank Mel T
Dorset
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I was really impressed with this well-designed and information local museum. The museum is laid out on four floors and includes displays on fishing, smuggling, local life from the Stone Age to the present day, Poole pottery, Scouting, Poole at war, a wonderful Iron Age log boat carved from a single tree, and much more. The exhibits are well-selected and... More 

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Thank Mel_Who_Sings
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

Free to visit and loads of interesting exhibits. Garden always seems to be closed but museum still worth a visit. Loads of local history on display.

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Thank GMunson
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Me and my husband walked in to look at the middle area, we were walking out when one staff member started to lecture my husband that we have no right to be there as there is a private function. They treated us as we would be nobody like scumbags. We are both business owners and the way the staff acted... More 

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Museum_poole, Manager at Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden, responded to this review

We would like to take this opportunity to respond to your comments that we feel are unfair on our hardworking and dedicated staff. On Saturday we were hosting a wedding ceremony and evening reception at Scaplen’s Court. It is extremely important for couples that during their special occasion access is reserved for invited guests only. When you entered the building... More 

poole, dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Went to Poole Museum, loads exhibits and information on Poole. Lovely cafe on top floor with views. And best of all its free to go in

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Thank ritaPoole
Lezignan-Corbieres, France
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

An interesting , informative selection of the varied trades, that have been the reason for the ongoing development of this historical town. Fascinating to learn how the lifestyles progress, so many scenes encapsulated in the settings : after a stroll on The Quay enabled one to recall the sea faring past with the hardships , plus the families that lived... More 

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Thank Luggage105
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Certainly worth a meander around if you are in Poole or staying close by. Not too big to be exhausting but large enough, and with enough local content, to offer interest.

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