Poole Museum & Scaplen's Court
Following the latest government advice on social distancing and avoiding public gatherings, BCP Council is taking the sensible precaution to protect the public by reducing some non-essential council services. Poole Museum and Scaplens Court will be closed from Thursday 19 March until further notice. A full list of BCP Council service closures can be found here
Take a look at a range of exciting activities and resources the Museum have put together for people to access and enjoy whilst we stay at home.
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.
Summer opening hours:
Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm
Winter opening hours
Mon-Sat 10am -4pm
Sun 12 noon - 4pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
|Opening Times. April - October (1 Apr 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)|
|Monday - Saturday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Opening Times - November - March (1 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)|
|Monday - Saturday||10:00||- 16:00|
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good128
- 284scbBillingshurst, United KingdomMuseum with enthusiastic staffThursday, 5th March 2020We arrived with a vague idea about a distant relative. We were shown to the archive room and quickly provided with helpful books, cuttings and a file. We enjoyed coffee and cake on the 3rd floor... Read full review
- vickyfisherPoole, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelIn old PooleFriday, 6th March 2020Both the museum & close by Scalplens Court museum are well worth a visit although I believe the later is only open limited times .It has a beautiful walled garden small but packed with herbs & old... Read full review
- LauraDaveJamesSolihull, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesExcellent MuseumThursday, 19th March 2020This museum is free to enter and does an excellent job of displaying the history and culture of Poole. It is set out over a number of floors and there was also a free art exhibition. We spent the... Read full review