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