Poole Museum & Scaplen's Court
Poole's rich history is revealed in Poole Museum's four floors of galleries, which tell the story of Poole. It is a fascinating story that will take you through thousands of years, across oceans and into the lives of many Poole people.
Set in a Victorian quayside warehouse, the Museum's galleries tell the story of the historic maritime town of Poole and its harbour from prehistory to the 21st century, with display from archaeology to art, pirates to potteries.
The museum hosts an exciting programme of events and activities throughout the year from trails and talks to living history.
The Town Cellars. originally built about 1300, now houses the Local History Centre, where residents and visitors can delve deeper into archives and resources covering the history of Poole and its people.
Scaplen’s Court, is Poole’s most complete medieval domestic building, now principally dedicated to the Museum education service . The herb and physic garden is open throughout the summer and Scaplen’s Court can be visited during August. The character-filled period rooms and pretty walled garden are also available to hire exclusively, creating a fantastic setting for weddings and corporate and private events. events.
Small cafe serving snacks and hot drinks.
The Museum and temporary exhibitions are free of charge, and fully accessible.
Scaplen's Court - Currently closed for the season.
* Poole Museum is temporarily closed in 2023 for redevelopment work.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good128
- Barry BHoddesdon, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayHidden gem of a gardenMonday, 29th August 2022What a brilliant garden, hidden amongst the towns old buildings. The medicinal approach of the planting and clear labels make it easy to understand how some plants can be used in your own... Read full review
- exiledblueRovellasca, ItalyTrip Type:FamilyInside tourist informationThursday, 1st September 2022This free exhibition in above the tourist information is worth half an hour of everyone's time. A little local history spread over 3 floors that can't be found elsewhere. Read full review
- TJA950Gillingham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyWorth a visitMonday, 12th September 2022There 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... Read full review
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021