Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden
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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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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2,250 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
On a wild wet windy day in August with atrocious weather and driving rain We booked free tickets to visit the Poole museum located close to Poole Quay where boats depart for Brownsea island.. We were not disappointed.
The star attraction is a 5,000 year longboat hewn from a single enormous tree which was discovered in the last 10 years. On four floors the museum displays a range of artefacts explaining the history of Poole, its industry, its potteries, its place as a seaside resort and so on. I learned that Poole is the home both of Ryvita and of Lava lamps! There is enough of interest for children and certainly enough to occupy any adult for over an hour. It is well presented, and not too overwhelming. There is a small terrace café on the top floor serving a very limited range of drinks and snacks – with sensible Covid 19 restrictions.
The museum currently requires you to wear masks and of course to hand sanitise. But it is free and staffed by friendly people with a good gift shop. Well done for getting it open!
Written August 20, 2020
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Cheryl P
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Visited Poole on a wet and windy morning, hoping the museum would keep us dry as well as entertained for an hour or so. One of our friends has mobility issues so the lift serving all floors was ideal. Started at the café on the top floor (nice terrace for good weather) and worked our way downstairs. Each floor was packed full of interesting exhibits and plenty of info on Poole's history, with a nice gift shop on the ground floor. Well worth a visit!
Written March 16, 2022
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Leppard2016
Surrey, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I don't know why some people moan about this museum or downgrade it as something to do on a rainy day. It is a fascinating little place dealing with all aspects of Poole's ancient and modern history. The staff are also helpful and friendly. Well worth the £3 suggested donation.
Written September 17, 2020
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Lea
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Free admission.
Poole museum has multiple levels of art and historical pieces all with local ties. Very interesting pieces and information boards to read. The cafe has a lovely view of the tiw an harbour. Soya milk available.Toilets available.
Scaplen's Court was a lovely piece of history and features a small but pretty garden.
Great for history lovers.
Written August 30, 2021
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PETER T
Margate, UK1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We were looking around the quayside area and came across this museum so decided to venture in. The staff were very helpful and straight away told us the cafe was shut today. The museum was over 4 floors and very informative for us visiting the town today . It’s surprising what you can learn from these places and it was free warm , you can make a donation after your visit if you like. It’s is well worth the visit to learn the history of the area from the past to present.
Written January 24, 2022
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w0tcha
Ampthill, UK586 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Friendly museum close to the harbour that is well worth a short visit. There are exhibits over four floors showing various aspects of the history of Poole from the very earliest times. Not too much information overload but enough to get your interest going in certain areas and make you want to go away and find out more. The staff were friendly and helpful. There is a small gift shop and tourist information desk by the entrance and a cafe on the top floor. There also seemed to be a few activities for kids. There are toilets and a lift to all floors.
Written June 28, 2022
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MrsShoes
England213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Had first visited here years ago and the lovely lady on the door did advise that a lot of the attractions geared towards the children had been removed due to Covid.

The museum was super clean. Hand sanitiser well located and the café staff were cleaning thoroughly.

It was very quiet when we went but that made it easier to look around. The visiting art display is beautiful.

My children enjoyed the working from home teddy family. A nice touch of humour.

Great place to while away just under an hour. The friendly approachable staff are great.
Written September 1, 2020
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TJA950
Gillingham, UK1,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
There are a lot of interesting exhibits and it is definitely worth a visit. I could not honestly say that it will keep you occupied for hours but with its eclectic content there will be some interest for many. There is no theme as such that you can follow so you will wander around from topic to topic. Like many museums, there is little for young children and I would not expect there to be so I would advise against using it as a rainy day activity for them.
Written September 12, 2022
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Deepsouthernfried
Horsham, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Loved this museum had so much going for it especially for kids - loved every minute of it. Need to book via eventbrite to make sure you can get in (covid restrictions etc) but pleasantly surprised with the amount of interesting things that they had on display. Spent a good hour inside and was thoroughly immersed in the history of Poole. Well worth a visit.
Written October 27, 2020
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Rover201457
Swindon, UK1,046 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We visited on our trip to Poole,sadly we were not that impressed .There only 3 floors to visit ,a few old pottery items (Poole pottery ) and some old bits about boatmen in the harbour .The Cafe is ok , but there is a room on the outside, but no roof , no good if it is raining .
Written September 5, 2020
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