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After major redevelopment the museum reopened in 2007. The museum explores Poole's history, including the Studland Bay wreck, the town's trade with Newfoundland and Poole's pottery industry with displays and hands-on activities.

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Poole Museum
4 High St, POOLE, BH15 1BW
Phone : 01202 262600


  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Scaplen's Court has limited access for wheelchair users. Museum fully accessible
  • Facilities: Large print labels, wheelchairs
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open 8 Apr-27 Oct, daily 10-5; 28 Oct-29 Mar, Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4. Also open on BHs during normal opening days

About The area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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