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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

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Address: Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
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+44 1223 336540
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth's coldest,...

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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a rare glimpse into the world of polar exploration

Had to go back and sneak a peak at Oates' sleeping bag again on a recent return trip to Cambridge - irresistible! A great collection of artefacts from the great age of polar... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to go back and sneak a peak at Oates' sleeping bag again on a recent return trip to Cambridge - irresistible! A great collection of artefacts from the great age of polar exploration, informative but brings it all to life. What stories these things could tell! Moving to see handwritten letters from members of the Scott party, especially. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small museum but it covers the early history of polar exploration in wonderful detail. It concentrates on Scott and his trips and especially the final tragic trip. I also liked the sections dealing with modern polar issues.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I really enjoyed my visit here. This museum is located quite close to Cambridge centre, but perhaps isn't so widely known as the others, so I visited SPRI after the Fitzwilliam, MAA and the dinosaur/geology museum by Downing College. Being of such a specialised subject, this is the smallest of the four, yet just as interesting. I visited on a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I'm not saying "don't go to the Fitz", but I am saying it isn't the only show in town. Since its makeover a few years ago, the Polar Museum has gone from strength to strength. Most people probably associate Scott with the ill fated mission that led to his death, but there's much more to the museum than aa a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

You should visit this to Explore into science, discover the story of Earth's coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places. From penguins to paintings, sleeping bags to sextants, Inuit art to explorers' diaries – you can find out about exploration, science and survival at the extreme ends of the earth. Discover the North and South Poles at this museum very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent Museum which is dedicated to the North and South Pole expeditions - the Arctic and Antarctic. I visited on the weekend when there was a children's event on, and the museum was a little overcrowded. Notwithstanding, it was quite an interesting visit and I was able to see artefacts from various expeditions. There was an abundance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

A small but very detailed museum of polar exploration. Many of the exhibits are unique to the museum and describe the exploits of these intrepid explorers. It is well worth seeking out this museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I had been looking forward to visiting this museum as I had an interest in Polar exploration. I used the audio guide to save my eyes from reading but ended up having to read because the audio, in my opinion, was not great! The stories and objects were excellent however. Perhaps the audio could be reviewed?

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PolarMuseum, Museum Curator at The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review, and the feedback about the audio guides. We are hoping to revisit the audio guides soon so that they reflect the objects we have on display as well as possible. I'm pleased that apart from that you enjoyed your visit! More 

Amman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Scott Polar Museum is much more interesting than you might imagine it to be from outside. The memorial entrance hall is imaginative. (Look closely for the penguins on the columns and very hard for the penguins on the ceiling). Inside is modern and full of interesting exhibits, painting and photographs. These tell many stories of polar exploration as well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Really interesting and well laid out museum with great exhibits. The kids will enjoy trying out the arctic clothing. Do not forget to have a look at the exhibits just outside the building.

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