Poole Museum is an excellent wet weather attraction, that can be enjoyed during a rainy day at South Lytchett Manor. It is situated in the Old Town area, just off the high street and close to bustling Poole Quay. Entrance to the museum is free (donations welcomed) making it an ideal choice for families holidaying on a budget.
The museum is spread over 4 floors and showcases artefacts relating to Poole’s local history. It celebrates the town’s prominent residents and industries that helped shaped the local economy. The exhibitions highlight Poole’s important role in forging trade agreements as well as the ports reliance on the maritime industry. You will find plenty of information about boatman through the ages – the stand out piece is a 2,000-year-old Poole Logboat, which dates back to the Iron ages.
Much of the museum is dedicated to the manufacture of Poole pottery with more than 150 pieces on display. Other collections include finds form the Swash Channel Shipreck as well as a Prehistory exhibition. For children there are interactive displays, trails and hands on activities including opportunities to dress up and play. There are often visiting art galleries on display.
For those interested in local history, The Town Cellars offer the opportunity to delve deep into the town’s archives
Follow local fundraising and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the Poole Museum has been refurbished in recent years. On top floor you can enjoy views over Poole Harbour from the terrace and a bite to eat Café Explore. There is also a gift shop on site where you can pick up a memento from your visit.
Nearby you’ll find Scaplen’s Court, a medieval building with a beautiful herb garden. It is open during August and a delightful place to admire the beautiful flowers and some peace and tranquillity.
Follow signs to Poole town centre
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|Monday to Saturday||10 am - 4pm|
|Sunday||12pm - 4pm|
Closed from 1pm on 24th Dec, Closed 25th, 26th, 28th Dec and 1st Jan
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