The Museum is housed in 2 quayside warehouses, one medieval and one from the 19th century, and contains four floors of galleries displaying the rich history of the ancient port town of Poole. In 2007, the Museum acquired its 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 is located on the 3rd floor with magnificent rooftop views of the old town and Poole Harbour. The Museum is currently bidding for funds to restore and display its historic buildings more effectively.
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 .
Both Scaplen’s Court and Poole Museum can be hired as venues for a variety of events.