Poole Museum

Currently closed for major redevelopment project.

Set in a Victorian quayside warehouse, with an atrium extension dating from 2007, Poole Museum’s galleries tell the story of the historic maritime town of Poole and its harbour from prehistory to the 21st century.

The centrepiece of the museum is the 2,000-year-old Poole Logboat, the largest Iron Age logboat ever found in southern Britain. It also houses the rudder of the Swash Channel Wreck, with a carved moustached face, believed to be from a Dutch merchant vessel which sank in 1631.

The Poole History Centre provides an invaluable research and interpretation resource in an attached medieval wool hall. Close by is Scaplen’s Court Museum, a medieval and Tudor building with an Arts and Crafts herb garden, which is primarily used as a learning centre and wedding venue


Telephone: 01202 128888

Email: museum@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Address: Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Discover more

Thomas Dyke sketched many ships that caught his eye - Page from the log of the Cora Poole Museum

Log of the Cora of Greenock

Log of the Cora of Greenock An illustrated life at sea From: Poole Museum This beautifully illustrated log was kept by Thomas Dyke, a master mariner from Poole, while he

Read More »
Glass fishing floats- Poole Museum

Glass Fishing Floats

Glass Fishing Floats From a fisherman’s tool to a beachcomber’s treasure! From: Poole Museum These days you might see balls of glass like these elaborately tied up in rope and

Read More »
Petit Tranchet Arrowhead - Poole Museum

Petit Tranchet Arrowhead

Petit Tranchet Arrowhead A sharp and specialist tool From: Poole Museum This flint arrowhead was made thousands of years ago and discovered during excavations on the former Moortown Aerodrome site

Read More »
Bollan Wrasse pharyngeal plate, Poole Museum

Bollan Cross

Bollan Cross An ancient sailor’s charm? From: Poole Museum Found during an archaeological excavation to uncover Poole’s Medieval past this strange object is a bone from the throat and upper

Read More »

Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

Skip to content