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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

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Address: Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
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+44 1223 336540
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth's coldest,...

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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There were clear displays with lots of information about polar explorations and audio-visual aids were available. Plenty of ramps and toilets available. All very interesting for... read more

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There were clear displays with lots of information about polar explorations and audio-visual aids were available. Plenty of ramps and toilets available. All very interesting for about a couple of hours.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting small museum especially the exhibition of Scott's journey. Very moving to see Oates's sleeping bag and other items.

Thank Gee-Cross
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this museum. Such a wonderful break from your average hum drum museum visit. This place was filled with actual items that went on the adventure. It gave me new respect for the hearty individuals and what the had to endure. This museum should be much higher in the rankings. A museum not to be missed.

Thank Rae T
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum. The entrance is impressive, particularly the ceiling. Staff were helpful & informative. Great balance between information on previous polar expeditions & current research.

Thank Emma C
Cambridge, UK
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a fascinating museum with artefacts from many Polar expeditions including Captain Oates' sleeping-bag.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My two children, 9 and 1, have become a bit anti-museum but I decided to give the Polar Museum a chance as it had excellent reviews plus the added bonus of the pop-up science museum currently adjoining it. We enjoyed the wander from the bus station across Parker's Piece, braved the hideous Regent Street junction and were met with a... More 

4 Thank Patemans
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

On a recent trip to Cambridge my party and I decided to visit this museum after reading good reviews. It is small but there is plenty of information and interesting things to see. Definitely worth a visit!

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

In a city full of history, this small museum is so worth a visit. A wonderful tribute to the brave polar explorers. The museum has the most incredible artefacts and the letters are particularly poignant. So worth going to to. It is small and will only take about an hour to visit. Has toilets and a small shop. Free to... More 

1 Thank GillyT
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing place. I hope to come again,it was very eye catching and intresting history to read about.👌

Thank Dina D
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

A totally unique museum, just ten minutes walk from the train station or the centre of the city. A real gem, yet to be found in most tourist guides. This museum is small, extremely attractive, well designed, highly informative, well signed, and just "knock your socks off" in terms of the artefacts they have here. The strength of the exhibits... More 

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