Poole Museum delivers learning across a range of exciting venues to bring history to life.
Poole Museum is an 19th century mill building. The museum's displays and exhibitions are located on the ground floor, first floor, second floor and third floor. The displays are arranged across different themes to tell the story of life in Poole. There are also two galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The atmospheric low beams create a charming learning environment.
Visitor facilities include public toilets, accessible toilets, a lift and a cafe.
Poole Museum is free for all visitors, but we encourage groups to book to avoid clashes.
Set in the old town cellars, Poole History Centre houses an extensive local studies collection, including maps, books, printed ephemera, photographs and more. Schools are welcome to use the Poole History Centre, but we ask you to book in as space is limited. We use the space and its resources as part of many of our workshops.
Scaplen's Court is one of Poole's finest medieval buildings, but has a complex history and has been used and adapted over time. As a learning environment it is a flexible and immersive venue which brings a range of periods to the present. The Tudor solar, the Victorian kitchen, the 17th century garden all help make the past real.
Schools have exclusive use of the building during school workshops. The building has its own toilets
5th Floor Learning Suite
Nestled at the top of the Museum is the 5th Floor Learning Suite. The room is a large and flexible space with free wi-fi, but can be cunningly turned into a pirate ship. If you open the shutters you can see the sea and it gives a real feel for life aboard ship.
This is an inspiring learning space which is used as a base for many of our workshops, but also features in our workshop about Harry Paye.
The suite is accessible by stairs or lift, has its own accesible toilet and kitchenette.
Outdoor Learning at Upton Country Park
We run a range of workshops in the stimulating outdoor spaces at Upton Country Park. These workshops include environmental learning, such as a mini-beasts workshop, but also historical workshops. Until recently we ran a Roman workshop in the Roman House. Sadly the Roman House burned down recently, but we have plans afoot to develop something new. In the meantime we can still offer Roman and prehistory workshops in the country park.