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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
Ranked #16 of 145 things to do in Cambridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Roland75Wong
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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 passing you’ll only be there for 10-15 minutes..

Date of experience: March 2018
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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 information and research, which is of great interest to serious Polar research visitors. For me I liked the adventure side of the museum, the personal parts and the equipment exhibited there, all bringing Polar research to life. I guess I still wanted to see the things which I liked as a child, but found that it is a little more adult these days.
I would say that it is still a must for any visitor to Cambridge to visit and spend time soaking up the history amidst this collection of Polar exploration facts and memorabilia.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank east-anglia W
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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 intrepid travelers and stamped to show they are government property. The best known explorers figure largely, but so do others whose names are less famous but who also showed great courage and initiative in their voyages. There is a box of child-sized polar explorer clothing for any young who wish to dress up and there is a small but nice gift shop. There is no cafe on the premises, nor is there any seating in the small galleries, but entrance is free and there are two comfortable benches in the foyer if one wants to duck out for a little rest. Donations are much appreciated, and we found it a delightful gem...discovered thanks to TripAdvisor!

Date of experience: February 2018
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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank cambridgegirl
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