Poole Museum
Free Entry
Opening times:
Mon - Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 12pm-4pm
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Become a Member

You will soon be able to sign up instantly right here, online. Please check back soon!

Be part of Poole’s rich heritage -- Become a member of Poole Museum Foundation -- Exclusive discounts, events, and benefits -- "The Future of Poole’s Past"

Museum members enjoy:
  • Exclusive tours, guided by senior museum staff
  • The chance to see items that have rarely or never been on public display
  • 15% off all purchases in the museum shop
  • 10% discount at the museum café
  • The chance to see new exhibitions before they open to the public
  • Members-only social events
  • Cheaper entry to other Wessex museums
  • Membership card and welcome pack
  • Email newsletters
  • And most importantly of all:
      The knowledge that you are helping Poole Museums survive and thrive – preparing Poole’s colourful history for a bright future!

Membership represents great value at just £15 per person per year, or £25 for couples and families living at the same address.

Special offer!
If you are reading this before 31.12.2018, your first year’s membership is just £10 for individuals and £15 for families!

Don’t forget to Gift Aid your membership if you are a UK tax payer – allowing the government to top up your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you!

Payment is taken by Direct Debit, which allows your membership to easily and conveniently renew every year until you decide to stop.

Poole Museum is at the forefront of protecting and promoting the heritage and history of Poole, Dorset, and the Wessex region, thanks to its leading role in the Wessex Museums Partnership.

Poole traces its history as a town back to Roman times, developing into one of Europe’s most important ports, thanks to its enormous natural harbour and trade links to the New World.

Poole Museum charts this illustrious history, and the town’s transition into a modern industrial centre. The Museum estate includes two of only five Grade I listed buildings in Poole, as well as an incredible Iron Age log boat, two internationally significant shipwrecks, the Poole Pottery collection, and Sea Music – one of Britain’s most iconic public sculptures.

Regular events and temporary exhibitions draw thousands of people to what has become the fifth-most-visited free attraction in the southwest. Poole Museum is also closely involved with schools and engages with the elderly, disabled, and other disadvantaged groups in the region.

Though operated by the local council, Poole Museum relies on charitable fundraising and donations to thrive. Running a free museum isn’t cheap!

Poole Museum Foundation

Poole Museum Foundation (registered charity number 1171114) exists to support and develop Poole Museums. It is made up of people like you who really care about the Museum’s historic buildings, including Scaplen’s Court – and about growing its collections, putting on great exhibitions, and inspiring whole communities to treasure culture and heritage the way you do.

If you would like to register you interest in advance of our launch in 2018, please contact us on 01202 262607 or email.
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