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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Called at this quaint museum on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. Very informative displays with... read more

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Fascinating History that will tug at your heart

I took my two children here during one of the summer science open days. Outside was a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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...more
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Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Called at this quaint museum on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. Very informative displays with helpful staff and free entry. The kind of place to muse for an hour. Powerful but sad story of Scott and his expedition along with other stories and the polar regions...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my two children here during one of the summer science open days. Outside was a great selection of huge blocks of ice for the kids to chip away at, arctic tents and gear to try out and lots of volunteers to talk to....More

Thank Ian N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing revelation about what polar explorers had to overcome. Left feeling fascinated but thoroughly inadequate.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wealth of treasures to be found in this unassuming museum! The information supporting the artefacts is highly accurate, yet also accessible. Brilliant staff too!

Thank Alice W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very specialist collection of polar exploration ephemera, equipment, photographs and info in a very small hall. Well worth spending an hour here. No cafe, but small interesting shop facilities. Ok for children, but expect early bomb-out of interest levels!

1  Thank piespiespies2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum, but packed with artefacts,photos, and displays. Although tiny,there is enough to hold the interest for a couple of hours.Mostly geared to the history of polar exploration, but also informative on climate-change, geography, and the geo-politics of the polar regions. The focus is upon...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Polar Museum is a wonderful experience. I have long been in awe of Polar exploration particularly since reading, along with other works in the genre, Alfred Lansing’s account of Shacketon’s extraordinary voyage. The exhibits in the museum did not disappoint.

Thank Zenobia240
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a must to visit this museum to a wonderful endeavour. Inspirational and sobering, thought provoking and educational.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having lived in Cambridge for a few years I have walked apst this museum many times without going in, however when my sister came to stay with me she was very keen to give it a visit. I was surprised by how much they have...More

1  Thank tgarrud
Reviewed 16 August 2018

In Lensfield Road next to the Catholic Church. Quite an unprepossessing building from the outside, but don't let this put you off. Inside is a cleverly designed and presented story of Arctic and Antarctic exploration. And when you go in - don't look just at...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
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!