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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
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+44 1202 262600
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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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We were just passing during a visit to Poole and thought we'd take a look more for curiosity's sake than anything else. We were astounded and delighted by a truly remarkable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were just passing during a visit to Poole and thought we'd take a look more for curiosity's sake than anything else. We were astounded and delighted by a truly remarkable museum. The staff were helpful and full of interesting facts and stories, the building itself was fascinating and exhibits varied. Well worth a visit.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful attraction and should not be missed. So much to see and much of it related to the sea, short video and audio films about all aspects of the area. Excellent display of a log boat in the entrance, guides on hand for any questions you may have. Wonderful - and it is free.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We visited this free museum over the Christmas period. It is situated at the bottom of the High Street just away from Poole Quay in a striking building that blend old and new together really well. Enter in and go past the shop and reception desk where you will find lifts to the three floors of the museum above. Each... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Being a local I visit every now and again with the kids as they grow, great information on a range of subjects and great history of the local area. Very informative and well laid out with some interactive parts to keep younger visitors interested. Not to be missed when in Poole and as a bonus it is FREE! But a... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

I only visited the Museum which I did find interesting. Before it was brought up to date and had the posh porch added it was a bit cluttered but I did like the old shop fronts they had and the Boy Scout exhibition. All that has gone now as the Museum is devoted to the history of the town. The... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Live in Poole for nearly seven years and only visited last month. This place is great and is a wonderful experience and education of the history of Poole. The amazing thing about this attraction is that it is free. We went to see the recent art exhibition which was exceptional!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

What a privilege to see this collection of drawings,from the 16 century on. Beautifully presented,with information on the artist,some with the pictures of the final work, it is amazing to think these pieces of paper have survived the centuries. Only one more day to see it! Then it moves to Hull, Ireland and USA.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We visited to view the Lines of Thought temporary exhibition which was first class but were so intrigued by the rest of the exhibits that we toured the entire museum. Well worth a visit.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Stunning building housing very comprehensive collections of things relevant to Poole. Great collection of 1950s furniture and very interesting look at life for housewives at that time. Drawing exhibition well chosen but a wasted opportunity unless you are under 4ft tall..someone chose to place information on each drawing so low down it was impossible or too uncomfortable to bother and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

The shop as you walk in wasnt what we personally would have hoped for, it was mainly books. A museum in my view should have little bits and bobs advertising the museum itself, and a keep sake for when you go home to show where you have been. It is free entry and good for bad weather days, and in... More 

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