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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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Nice and friendly

A lot of pictures and information about North and South Pole. You need max 1 hour. Ladies on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Katja G
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A neat, well-designed museum that more than met my expectations

I really enjoyed seeing this museum and learning more about Scott and Amundsen and the other Arctic... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael R
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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...more
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Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
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+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Katja G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 14 April 2018

this museum is small but packs a punch..very informitive.we learnt a lot about scott that we did not know

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

You will be able to learn so much on the polar expeditions that was made, and I simply love the Antarctic Collections that showed the history of exploration and science of the Antarctic. It has clothing, sledges, skis, harnesses, navigational instruments, scientific equipment and specimens.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This museum is rather small however is vast in information. There was some really hard hitting information which my partner and I were taken a back by. It really made you think about everything encountered by the team. Definitely would recommend a visit even if...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I had been here as a child some sixty years ago and again with my children some thirty years ago, and again last month; for my experience I felt it peaked with me personally thirty years ago. It is now very professional, with lots of...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The museum is relatively small but wonderfully laid out, filled with arctic clothing, beautiful models of some of the major ships on excursions to both poles, artifacts ranging from hide-wrapped canoes individually measured and made for each hunter to huge ship’s biscuits made for the...More

Thank Kate W
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

It's a small but very interesting museum that has some good displays and artefacts. The staff I think are mostly volunteers and they were really friendly and helpful. The teaching resources and ideas are very useful. It took about 30 minutes to walk around.

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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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joe01305
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!
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