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(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)
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Lines of thought trail

Saturday 3 September - Sunday 6 November

Available during museum opening hours

Inspired by the exhibition, take some time to explore the galleries and use the art materials provided with our fun self-guided trail


Junior Poole Open

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November

A drawing competition for 6 to 18 years themed towards natural history. The winner will be judged by a panel of artists and student ambassadors from the Arts University Bournemouth with winner entries displayed in the museum following a prize giving event


Museum Music and Mime

Every Friday during term time, 10.30am to 11.30am (begins again on 16th September), Free   

Sing nursery rhymes, make music and learn simple signs for everyday objects at Poole Museum. 

Suitable for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old).


Poole Museum Society talks

Usually the third Wednesday of the month, September - April, 7.30pm at Poole Museum

Talks cost £2 or free to members

Explore local history and heritage with the Society's programme of monthly talks and summer trips to interesting locations. The annual subscription is £10 and members receive a twice yearly newsletter and 10% discount on purchases from the Museum shop. 

Visit the society's blog to find out more.



Find Out About Your Find

Tuesday 27 September, 10.30am – 1pm, Free

Got some archaeological finds lurking in the attic? Bring them along to our free drop-in session with the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset and get your questions answered by a specialist


Crafters in the Rafters: Drawing with Scissors

Saturday 1 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

£18 per session (includes materials, hot drink and a cake)

A playful workshop run by an experienced tutor from Walford Mill Crafts. A playful workshop creating a work of art using collage techniques, mixed media and vintage imagery and ephemera.

Booking and payment via Walford Mill Crafts: 01202 841400 / www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

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Lines of thought: Drawing Dissected

Saturday 15 October, 2.30pm, Poole Museum, Free

Isabel Seligman of the British Museum will talk about how London arts schools have influenced the development of the Lines of thought exhibition, taken from the British Museum's extensive collection of drawings. This 1 hour talk will be followed by questions in the gallery.

This event is now SOLD OUT.


Awesome Owls – Half-Term Trail

Saturday 22 October -  Sunday 30 October, Free

Available during museum opening hours

A fun, free trail for children. Explore the museum galleries and hunt for some Halloween owls that are nesting in the cases.


Spooky Scaplen’s

Wednesday 26 October, 11am – 3pm, Free

Visit Scaplen’s Court for some spine-chilling craft activities and a chance to meet our story-telling witch.


Sea Music Sculpture Celebration

Tuesday 22 November

A celebration to mark the 25th Anniversary of the installation of Sir Anthony Caro’s ‘Sea Music’ sculpture on Poole Quay

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