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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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Very enjoyable and informative

Who knew that so may interesting explorers had travelled to the poles? Very well laid out and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Leicester, England
Haunting and informative

Like several other reviewers, I confess to being a bit of a Heroic Age fanatic. I led a school trip... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sue T
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed yesterday

Who knew that so may interesting explorers had travelled to the poles? Very well laid out and informative...and free entry! Would recommend this to all.

Thank Happytraveller08
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like several other reviewers, I confess to being a bit of a Heroic Age fanatic. I led a school trip where the Education Officer told us the story behind Apsley Cherry-Garrard's 'The Worst Journey in the World', showed us old photos and profiles of some...More

Thank Sue T
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I am a huge nerd when it comes to polar exploration, and this was a must visit for me. I learnt an awful lot, and found the museum, whilst rather small, is fantastically laid out. Absorbing and engaging,

Thank Kirstyonfood
Reviewed 26 November 2017

The Polar Museum is part and parcel of the Scott Polar Research Institute and offers a glimpse of great human endeavour in conquering the poles. It displays some memorabilia of the intrepid adventurers who tried to conquer the iced poles, just over a century ago....More

Thank AnneML63
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Compact Intense visually impressive exhibition with great personal stories, lovely exhibits and accurate accounts of bravery and strength to overcome extreme conditions, wished we had longer there! would love to go back & read everything all over again.

Thank cadburysno1fan
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is an interesting specialist museum. It is small, approximately 3 rooms ,so great if you are time poor or don't want to be overwhelmed by museum fatigue.

Thank OZvol
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Don’t forget to look up when you come through the first doors to see the painted artic and Antarctic maps on the ceiling - we nearly missed it. A good small museum telling the story of polar exploration. Well set out with a good number...More

Thank Andy Wilson
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

The Polar Museum documents expeditions to the North and South Poles and the challenges the explorers faced. An air of mystery surrounds those who - or whose ships - were never found. A great place to take in on a visit to Cambridge: if you...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This museum had not appeared on listings i had searched prior to spending a few days in Cambridge. We were advised to visit by our B&B hosts - so pleased we went exploring here. The museum is small and close to other city centre experiences...More

Thank SmileyHJ
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I really enjoyed trying on all the goggles and polar outfits. Great museum and not too busy. I will be back in a week.

Thank Charlotte M
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Greg W
7 December 2017|
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Response from PolarMuseum | Property representative |
Our Polar Museum is free to enter, and open from 10-4, Tuesday-Saturday. An audio guide is available for a small fee. You can also access our library for free without an appointment (though we recommend first time visitors... More
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!