The Museum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPoole 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.

Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW Tel: 01202 262600 E-mail: . More detail at

Winter Opening Hours (until 7th April):

  • Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 4pm

Summer Opening Hours (from 8th April):

  • Daily: 10am – 5pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPoole 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 .

Opening Hours:

  • Monday:  Closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday  10am to 3pm

Scaps 2Scaplen’s Court Museum, a medieval town house, is open to the public during August (limited disabled access). Scaplen’s Court physic and herb garden is open from late May to September.

Both Scaplen’s Court and Poole Museum can be hired as venues for a variety of events.


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