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From 1 November,
Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

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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.


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

Take and Make Crafts

Date
18/12/2021 - 04/01/2022
Description
Join Poole Museum for ‘A Very Dorset Christmas’. We’ve got lots to keep your family entertained this school holiday. Soak up the merry atmosphere  and take home some creative Christmas activities.

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

Festive Museum Search

Date
18/12/2021 - 04/01/2022
Description
Join the Festive Museum Search! Father Christmas has dropped some items from his sack. Can you find them hiding in the museum?

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

Trade, Tides and Traditions

Date
19/02/2022 - 03/04/2022
Description

Drawing on the museum's collection, local landscape and maritime history Imogen Charleston has created a series of vessels that weave a connection through these elements; a folktale to inspire ideas and summon memories. These mixed media assemblages include locally sourced clay, rocks, plants, and flotsam from the harbour foreshore.

A selection of work will be on display on Floor 3 of Poole Museum.

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

Feed the Birds

Date
23/02/2022 11:00 - 15:00
Description
Learn about garden birds and how to attract them to your garden. Discover their favourite foods and make your own bird feeder to take home.

Come and meet the Birds of Poole Harbour specialist wildlife team. Find out how to identify garden birds through their songs, plumage and behaviour.

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

Gardening for Wildlife

Date
20/04/2022 11:00 - 15:00
Description

Learn how to attract wildlife to your garden. Come and meet the Birds of Poole Harbour specialist wildlife team.

Discover plants and flowers that will have your space buzzing with bees and butterflies. Create your own bug hotel to encourage mini-beasts to book a staycation in your garden!

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

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