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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 trip to the polar exploration

An excellent museum on the history and geography of the Polar exploration. It covers the early... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jefferson Cardi... S
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Gem of a small museum

Small but excellent museum. Interesting artifacts and information. Especially the indigenous... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent museum on the history and geography of the Polar exploration. It covers the early expeditiona, science and Arctic culture.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small but excellent museum. Interesting artifacts and information. Especially the indigenous items like the Inuit kayak and its accouterments which is not usual to see.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much information here and very informative. Lots of exhibits and really nicely put together. Not a very big place but what they have here is incredible.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum may be small but packed with fantastic artifacts in beautiful displays. The collection is varied with various items from the polar expeditions from clothing and navigation equipment to native art and letters to home. The staff were brilliant and easy to talk to....More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Great for an hour and well worth the effort. It tells the story of polar explorers and makes you realise how the odds were stacked against them. A lot to read. Loved the inuit art.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Gives good coverage of polar exploration from the 'heroic age' to the present. Informative captions even if they use meters for metres!

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

A lot of pictures and information about North and South Pole. You need max 1 hour. Ladies on reception were really nice.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

I really enjoyed seeing this museum and learning more about Scott and Amundsen and the other Arctic and Antarctic explorers. The design of the museum is simple and pleasing. I particularly enjoyed seeing the kayak, original photos of early expeditions, and the explorers original gear...More

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We went as the kids were studying the Arctic/Antarctic at school. The Museum isn't huge but very informative. Lots of information on Shackleton, with a lifeboat replica outside.

Thank Claire E
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

I cannot speak too highly of this museum. I've visited it independently many times - it is absolutely fascinating especially the many personal 'human' items on display but I've arranged several times to take parties of kids there. Polar exploration is not studied in schools...More

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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
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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!
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