Poole Museum

Poole Museum
4 High Street
BH15 1BW






01202 262600


01202 262622

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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, Gallery, Archive, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Library

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

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photograph of shipwreck

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Maritime Archaeology Day

  • 26 July 2014 11am-3pm

Celebrating all things maritime archaeology to coincide with Poole Museum's new temporary exhibition Faces Beneath the Waves: Decoding the Swash Channel Wreck.

Fun activities for the whole family.

Come along and find out why Poole Harbour is one of the most archaeologically rich areas for maritime archaeology in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Any age