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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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We had plan to visit the Polar Museum before leaving home. The museum had many artifacts from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wayne B
Calgary, Canada
via mobile
Interesting look at like in the freezing cold Polar regions

Informative and interesting look and polar exploration and how primitive their equipment was and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth's coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places, from heroes to modern climate science. The Museum is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, which is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. Research covers both the natural and social sciences and is often interdisciplinary. The Institute also houses the World's premier Polar Library and extensive archival and photographic collections of international importance on the history of polar exploration. A range of sculptures are displayed in the Institute grounds.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had plan to visit the Polar Museum before leaving home. The museum had many artifacts from the Arctic we haven't seen in Canada.That said, they could have stated that the Franklin ships have been found and that a Canadian RCMP vessel the St. Roch,...More

Thank Wayne B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Informative and interesting look and polar exploration and how primitive their equipment was and how brave the explores were.

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though I work for the British Antarctic Survey my self, I never had given my the time to visit the museum. It was really interresting to see how these gentlemen survived polar exploration thise days, and seeing how easy it is these days if...More

Thank LudgerZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeing the equipment Scott's expedition took to the Antarctic makes you wonder how any of them survived, so pitifully ill-prepared they were by today's standards. The simplicity of the display allows the artefacts to tell their stories in an understated and poignant way. I could...More

Thank Toymouse17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the ring road out of Cambridge, this small and specialist museum is worth stopping for. It's currently hosting a small International Geophysical Year (1957) exhibition, but its permanent exhibitions are also worth the stop. And don't miss the James Caird replica boat out the...More

Thank Janet B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

details of the polar expeditions, including those that ended tragically. Veery moving letters and log books describing the last days . . . .

Thank andy-in-battersea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small but fascinating museum as other reviewers have said this is easily seen in an hour or if you read and look carefully 2hours. Inspiring how explorers before Scott inched their way towards the pole and made measuring instruments etc as they explored. The Scott...More

Thank Airyfairy7654
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

a rather focussed museum, easily doable in an hour. Highlights for me are the stuffed polar bear (huge) and the copy of the tiny boat that Shackleton sailed 800 miles across Antarctic seas in order to raise help for his stranded expedition

Thank seattaxi
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is a must-see. A lovely display of items and tools from the various attempts to conquer the Norrh and the Soith Pole, together with the narratives of all the major adventurers that tried it. The entrance is free!

Thank Marco G
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Very interesting museum. We felt as if we were in one of the poles. All about journey to the pole and related items were on display. We could even try on the polar dress. Very informative for students. Open during the day. Free entry.

Thank ranjanapathak
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16 August 2016|
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Response from PolarMuseum | Property representative |
The Polar Museum is free to enter. We charge a small fee for an audio guide if you would like a little more information, and donations are always welcome!
23 October 2015|
Response from Mounterubus |
As a beloved visitor, turned member of staff now! I highly recommend the museum for all ages. We have a number of activities including trails and drawing activities for kids as well as a dressing up box full of authentic... More