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.

World of Wallace: Alfred Russel Wallace and his life in the field

  • 14 May — 7 August 2016 *on now

The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace is well known for arriving at the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection independently of Charles Darwin. He grew up and was educated in Hertford before travelling extensively, exploring and mapping previously uncharted parts of the Amazon.

Wallace became the world authority on the flora and fauna of Malaysia and Indonesia. In 1899 he moved to Parkstone with his family and by 1902 had built a house, Old Orchard, in Broadstone where he remained until his death in 1913.

Illustrated by a wealth of colourful specimens, many of which were collected by Wallace himself, World of Wallace brings together a wide range of plants and animals held by museums and institutions around the country as well as examining the Victorian love of taxidermy which funded his incredible expeditions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Lines of Thought: Drawings from the British Museum

  • 3 September — 6 November 2016

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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