Poole Museum
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Opening times:
From 1 November,
Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

Closed: 24 December (pm only),
25 - 28 December and 1 January 2022.

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Birds of Poole Harbour Gallery Takeover

Date
09/10/2021 - 24/04/2022
Description

Join us from October for a special season of events and activities in association with local charity, Birds of Poole Harbour. The team of wildlife experts will be setting up their temporary HQ in Poole Museum’s exhibition galleries until the springtime, sharing their knowledge of birds as well as offering a range of programmed talks and tours. Whether you’re a keen birdwatcher or an amateur environmentalist, this is a great chance to discover more about local birdlife, their habits and habitats. Fly on over and enjoy some flapping good fun.

Come and meet the specialist wildlife team  Wednesdays and Saturdays and enjoy some of the resources and interactives on display.

For more information on the work of Birds of Poole Harbour and their programme, please visit:
www.birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk

Free. Available during museum opening hours. No booking required.
Donations to Birds of Poole Harbour and Poole Museum are welcome.

Bird Spotting

Date
09/10/2021 - 24/04/2022
Description

This autumn, Birds of Poole Harbour at Poole Museum celebrates the wonderful world of local birdlife. 

Throughout history, artists and designers have used birds to represent strength, power and rule. They have also used birds in more delicate ways: to accentuate beauty, encourage hope and to suggest peace and calm. 

Our collections team have selected items from our own collections that show how birds have featured in art and design for generations. Visit the museum to view the display on floor 2.

Free. Available during museum opening hours. No booking required. Donations are welcome.

Archie’s Wildlife iSpy

Date
16/10/2021 - 24/04/2022
Description
Archie is going on a wildlife adventure. Can you help him to find all the bird and wildlife objects in the museum? Follow the iSpy trail around museum completing Archie’s challenges along the way.

Free. Available during museum opening hours. No booking required. Donations are welcome.

Museum Bird Spotters

Date
09/10/2021 - 24/04/2022
Description

Are you ready for a birding adventure?

Visit the Birds of Poole Harbour Gallery Takeover to create a fun pair of paper binoculars using recycled materials.


These DIY binoculars will make any nature walk feel like a wildlife adventure. After you have completed this fun and easy craft, pick up a bird spotters’ checklist and head to the great outdoors for your very own harbour birding experience.


How many birds will you spot in Poole Harbour?

Free. Available during museum opening hours. No booking required. Donations are welcome.

Dorset Art Prize Winners Display 2021

Date
04/11/2021 - 03/01/2022
Description

The Dorset Art Prize celebrates and rewards excellence in art from across the county of Dorset. Local artists and students submitted their artwork inspired by the theme ‘Narrative’.

Bournemouth & Poole College established The Dorset Art Prize in 2013, with the support from the Dorset Community Foundation.

A selection of work will be on display on Floor 2 of Poole Museum.

Free. Available during museum opening hours. No booking required. Donations are welcome.


Museum Shop Sunday at Poole Museum Shop

Date
28/11/2021 12:00 - 16:00
Description

We are extremely proud to be joining over 1600 cultural attractions worldwide in celebrating Museum Shop Sunday on Sunday 28th November.

It’s never been more important to highlight the vital role of retail in helping arts, cultural and heritage venues to survive and thrive.

We are very grateful to all our wonderful visitors for the amazing support you have shown us this year and will be offering 15% off on purchases of £20 and over in our gift shop on the day.

Visit us between 12 - 4pm and enjoy this perfect opportunity for some Christmas gift inspiration! Browse our beautiful bespoke ranges, unique homewares inspired by our collections, locally sourced food gifts and plenty of stocking fillers to get you started!

A Very Dorset Christmas

Date
04/12/2021 - 24/12/2021
Description
Join Poole Museum for ‘A Very Dorset Christmas’. Soak up the merry atmosphere, discover with a festive family trail and take home some Dorset inspired creative Christmas crafts.

Luxury Festive Wreath Workshop - SOLD OUT

Date
04/12/2021 13:30 - 16:00
Description

‘Tis the season to get creative with us at Poole Museum!

We are delighted to come together with our neighbours at New Street Flowers to offer a fun and festive opportunity to learn the traditional method of wreath making.

Enjoy a welcome glass of mulled wine and a delicious array of seasonal treats, before creating and decorating your very own stunning natural wreath from scratch in our unique and inspiring setting.

This 2½ hour workshop will teach professional floristry techniques, with all materials and tools provided. No previous experience is required.

There will be a selection of beautiful decorations to choose from to personalise and embellish your wreath, ranging from dried fruits and cones, to cinnamon sticks, ribbons and raffia.

Please note places are limited to allow for lots of space and to ensure plenty of support and guidance for each person.

Festive outfits / Christmas jumpers are not essential but highly encouraged! (Face coverings recommended).

For more information and to book your place, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/luxury-festive-wreath-workshop-tickets-201570892967

Poole Harbour Osprey Project Talk

Date
08/12/2021 19:00 - 20:30
Description

To celebrate our partnership, Birds of Poole Harbour are running a series of events to promote and raise the profile of Poole Harbour and the important birdlife it supports. The Poole Harbour Osprey project, which started in 2017, involves the translocation of 60 juvenile Ospreys from Scottish nests into the Poole Harbour area. This process aims to create a bond between the young Ospreys and their new local area, before they leave on their first treacherous migration, usually to West Africa. The bond draws the Ospreys back to Poole Harbour on their return to the UK, after at least 2 years maturing in their wintering grounds, when they will identifying suitable nesting sites. The translocation therefore lays the foundations for their return as a breeding bird to the South Coast, 180 years on from their local extinction.

2021 turned out to be an exciting year for the project for numerous reasons! Join Brittany Maxted, Birds of Poole Harbour's Osprey Project Manager, to find out more and what the future holds for 2022...

Free, Booking required via the Birds of Poole Harbour website:
www.birdsofpooleharbourbookings.co.uk/event/osprey-project-talk

Poole Town Birding Walk

Date
16/12/2021 - 27/01/2022
Description

Explore the natural riches nestled within the urban conurbation of Poole Harbour with the return of Birds of Poole Harbour’s popular Poole town winter birding walks in partnership with Poole Museum. Poole Quay, Baiter and Poole Park are all incredibly important feeding grounds for a range of winter visitors including Kingfisher, Brent Geese, Red-breasted Merganser, Turnstone and more. Join our team for a guided tour to discover this lesser-known side to Poole Town.

Two sessions available 16 December 2021 and 27 January 2022
10:00am - 12:30pm

Free, Booking required via the Birds of Poole Harbour website:
www.birdsofpooleharbourbookings.co.uk/event/poole-town-birding-walk

Poole Museum & The Dorset Guitar Society present a very special 'Concert by Candlelight'

Date
18/12/2021 19:15 - 21:30
Description

'Tis the season to sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite classical pieces live and in concert.

Join Poole Museum and The Dorset Guitar Society for an evening of acoustic music and festive nibbles in the great hall of historic Scaplen’s Court.

Get into the festive spirit as you enjoy private access to explore the grounds and nibble on festive treats.

This two hour event will be broken down into two 45 minute sets with a 20-30 minute interlude to allow both musicians and audience members to stretch their legs and enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine. 

Please do note the concert hall is on the 1st floor and accessible by stairs only. Unfortunately there is no lift access. 

Festive outfits / Christmas jumpers are not essential but highly encouraged! (Face coverings recommended).

For further information and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poole-museum-the-dorset-guitar-society-present-a-concert-by-candlelight-tickets-213626371227    

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