A museum is to undergo a £1m revamp so that a 2,000-year-old boat can be displayed in public for the first time.
The redeveloped museum is due to open in 2006
The scheme to modernise Poole's Waterfront Museum in High Street has benefited from a £750,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
As part of the plan the 1960s entrance will be demolished and replaced by steel and glass and galleries telling the story of Poole.
And an ancient boat found in the port in 1963 will finally go on show.
Nerys Watts, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "The Waterfront Museum is a great local resource but is in need of a facelift and we are very pleased to support work that will transform it inside and out.
"There are likely to be wider regeneration benefits for Poole High Street as the reopened museum promotes local pride and attracts more visitors."
The redevelopment is due to be finished in 2006.
Councillor Tony Woodcock said: "When the project is complete Poole will have a museum that it can truly be proud of."
The Waterfront Museum opened in 1991 and last year attracted more than 100,000 visitors.