Poole Museum

Poole Museum
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Poole Museum is housed in a nineteenth century quayside mill, extended in 2007.

Poole's rich history is revealed in four floors of galleries, with displays and exhibitions ranging from archaeology to art and pirates to potteries.

The Poole Local History Centre, part of the Museum Service, is housed in an attached medieval wool house, one of the most important early port buildings in Europe.

Scaplen's Court, a medieval domestic domestic building, is the home of the Poole Museum learning service, and is open to the public in August. Scaplen's Court herb garden is open to the public May to September.

The learning service also uses a reconstructed Romano-British farmstead in Upton Country Park.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00
Tues-Sat 10.00-16.00
Sun 12.00-16.00

Admission charges


Additional info

Poole Musuem is open Monday-Saturday 10.00 to 17.00. Sunday 12.00 to 17.00 (summer hours). Poole History Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00 to 15.00

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Lines of Thought: Drawings from the British Museum

  • 3 September — 6 November 2016 *on now

Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of Thought: Leonardo to Bridget Riley explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Poole Museum
4 High Street
BH15 1BW






01202 262600


01202 262622

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