The most visited free attraction in Dorset, Poole Museum offers a great time for all in historic quayside buildings in Poole’s Old Town. Discover the remarkable story of this historic port and its harbour, and see outstanding new exhibits, such as the magnificent carved rudder from the age of Rembrandt, recovered from the Swash Channel Wreck – an important Dutch ship that sank nearby in 1631. There are activities for all the family, including digital and paper trails, and visitors enjoy the interactive 1950s kitchen and the birds of Poole Harbour in their hide.

Poole Museum is open every day 10-5. Medieval Scaplen’s Court Museum and garden are open throughout August, with family activities Mondays and Tuesdays.

Poole Museum and temporary exhibitions are free of charge, and fully accessible. Donations are welcome to support their work.

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