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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Picture of Granny Cousins

Museums at Night - Guided Ghost Walk

  • 30 October 2015 5-9pm

To get visitors in the mood for Halloween, Poole Museum is opening its doors after dark. Our half-term trail will be on offer with some spooky treats up for grabs. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged.

In addition to the late opening there will be an optional guided ghost walk around Poole Old Town conducted by the famous Granny Cousins. The walk starts at 6pm and lasts between 60 - 90 minutes. Places are limited so please book in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Family friendly


Entry to Poole Museum is free. Booking is required to reserve a place on the guided walk. Please call Poole Museum on 01202 262600.

Adults £8 / Children £5 / Families (2 adults + 2 children ) £24. Suitable for children over 5 years. Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Poole Museum
4 High Street
BH15 1BW






01202 262600


01202 262622

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