Poole Museum
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Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 12noon - 5pm
(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)
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Music and mime


Museum Music and Mime

Every Friday during term time, 10.30am to 11.30am

The group will meet on 27th May and then will take a break. The group will resume on 24th June. 


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

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.


May to end of August 2016


Festival of British Archaeology: Iron Age Antics

Saturday 16 July

11am to 3pm

Bearwood School


Join the museum learning team at Bearwood School to discover more about the Iron Age. There will be a range of historical activities to try including cooking, pottery and textile-weaving.


Spread the Verb

Thursday 21 July (usually third Thursday of the month, bi-monthly)

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Ends at 9.30pm/10pm.

Poole Museum.

£5 entry fee.

A showcase event for Live Literature in Poole and Bournemouth in conjunction with Lit Up! and Apples and Snakes. Featuring open mic, local guests, and headlined by national and international acts. 

Hosted by Myriam Wordmaker.


Alfred Russel Wallace - the Poole years

Saturday 23 July 2016 at 2.30pm

Cost: £3

A talk at Poole Museum by Mike Brooke to accompany the World of Wallace exhibition. Wallace spent the last 13 years of his life in Poole; first in Parkstone and later in Broadstone and is buried in the town. Although in his 80s during most of his time in Poole, he continued to be very active with an undiminished interest in science and society.

Print and complete this booking form to book your place, or you can buy tickets from the museum.

Wild about Poole

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 7 August

Available during museum opening hours

Poole Museum

£2.50 per trail includes: crayons, magnifying glass, ruler & 12 page booklet.

Enjoy a fun, self-guided trail for children from May Half Term until early August.  Inspired by the World of Wallace exhibition, take some time to explore Poole Museum's galleries and investigate the touch table in the third floor family area.

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Mini-Explorers Drop-ins

Friday 3 June, 29 July and 5 August

10.30am to 11.45am

Poole Museum, Family Learning Area 


A free story and song-based activity session.

Join our learning team as they take you on a journey across the world to seek treasure.

Suitable for ages 3 to 6.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Step Back in Time

Mondays and Tuesdays in August

11.00am to 3.00pm

Scaplen’s Court


Historical demonstrations and craft activities in the atmospheric setting of Scaplen’s Court. Activities will focus on a different historical period each week.

Tactile Trail

Thursdays in August

1.00pm to 4.00pm

Poole Museum


The chance to touch and explore real museum objects relating to Poole’s local, natural and maritime histories.

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