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“A small but absorbing place”

The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
Ranked #13 of 167 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Crawley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A small but absorbing place”
Reviewed 1 August 2011

I visited this on 28th July 2011. It was a little smaller than I expected but had some good exhibits nonetheless. Remember to look up at the painted ceilings as you go in! I found it very interesting seeing the ration tins, equipment and crampons etc. but the thing that surprised me the most was that towards the end of the exhibition, there were photos and letters of Scott's expedition that were incredibly poignant and moving; I don't mind admitting to welling up a little as I read extracts, the men were so brave in such difficult circumstances. Well worth a visit if you have an hour or two to spare.

Visited July 2011
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“small but fascinating”
Reviewed 24 June 2011

Travelled from Northern Ireland just to visit the museum and was well worth the journey (and delayed flight). The exhibits are amazing, giving great insight into the polar world. A small museum it must be said, but no fear of getting overwhelmed with too much to see or take in - rather it just whets the appetite for more.

Visited June 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

This museum may be small ( very small indeed) but its collections are simply amazing. The civilisation of the Arctic are presented through their craftmanship and art. But then, the major part is dedicated to the expeditions to both poles during the last 3 centuries. The letters written by the ill-fated members of the Scott expedition in 1912 are there to see and are among the most heart-breaking testimonies of human endurance and dignity in the face of death. Absolutely beautiful !

Visited June 2011
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Irish in Hertfordshire
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“Just reopened and well worth visiting”
Reviewed 6 June 2010

I was glad to find that the Scott Polar Research Institute had reopened on June 1st. It is a small, free museum and has excellent displays that kept adults and children (9-12) interested. The displays cover all aspects of Polar exploration.

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