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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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A Museum with a Difference

This hidden gem may be smaller than most museums however it is absolutely fascinating ....extremely... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tina J
The Polar Museum

A centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. A unique collection of artefacts... read more

Reviewed 5 days 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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Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This hidden gem may be smaller than most museums however it is absolutely fascinating ....extremely educational and it is a place that changes all the time which we have explored quite a few times and enjoyed it every time. The staff are extremely passionate about...More

Thank Tina J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. A unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.

Thank BobbyGentry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A tiny little museum! However is FREE and certainly worth having a look around. Some interesting artefacts regarding polar adventures!

Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The Scott Polar Museum is small but very, very well curated. It is a tribute to the early 20th century expeditions, notably of Shackleton and of Scott. The sight of Captain Oates' sleeping back is almost too moving for words. Highly recommended.

Thank John-frae-Banff
Reviewed 11 June 2017

interesting history of the polar explorations with old instruments and lots of information. the museum is small, but packed with interesting data.

Thank trekkerUKscott
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We visited with our three boys (aged 5, 8 and 12) and got audio guides for all of us (including special ones tailored for the smaller kids) for around a tenner. We spent about two hours wondering around and finding out about the stories behind...More

1  Thank Jason R
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Subject: The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe Title: The White Stuff ID#: 490418218 The museum is located at the Institute and has a few rooms dedicated to the research of the Arctic and Antartic regions. It has...More

1  Thank ukandnl
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Went with my husband and son and we all enjoyed the museum, full of lots of information about the exploration of both poles. Not a large museum but after 2 hours we had to give up because our brains could not take in anymore facts!

Thank JuneHerts
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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.

Thank 946JJ19
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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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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!
24 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