Poole Museum is housed in a 19th century quayside warehouse and contains four floors of galleries displaying the rich history of the ancient port town of Poole. Following a major redevelopment in 2007, the Museum was reopened with a stunning new entrance and atrium. Displays range from archaeology to art, from pirates to potteries. Highlights include the Poole Iron Age log-boat, artefacts from the port’s long trade with Newfoundland and the finest collection of Poole Pottery on public display. Entry to the museum is free and it is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. A terrace café (temporarily closed for refurbishment) is located on the 3rd floor with magnificent rooftop views of the old town and Poole Harbour.
Winter Opening Hours (until 7th April):
- Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm
- Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm
Summer Opening Hours (from 8th April):
- Daily: 10am – 5pm
Poole History Centre occupies the Town Cellars, an important medieval port warehouse, and houses material for all aspects of local history research including books, maps, photographs, newspapers, directories, parish records and other sources. Entry is through the Museum. See online resources at www.poolehistory.org.uk .
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 3pm
Both Scaplen’s Court and Poole Museum can be hired as venues for a variety of events.