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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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Very Small!

A tiny little museum! However is FREE and certainly worth having a look around. Some interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Anthony M
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Very moving

The Scott Polar Museum is small but very, very well curated. It is a tribute to the early 20th... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Northampton, United Kingdom
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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 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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Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
+44 1223 336540
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A tiny little museum! However is FREE and certainly worth having a look around. Some interesting artefacts regarding polar adventures!

Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scott Polar Museum is small but very, very well curated. It is a tribute to the early 20th century expeditions, notably of Shackleton and of Scott. The sight of Captain Oates' sleeping back is almost too moving for words. Highly recommended.

Thank John-frae-Banff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

interesting history of the polar explorations with old instruments and lots of information. the museum is small, but packed with interesting data.

Thank trekkerUKscott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with our three boys (aged 5, 8 and 12) and got audio guides for all of us (including special ones tailored for the smaller kids) for around a tenner. We spent about two hours wondering around and finding out about the stories behind...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Subject: The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe Title: The White Stuff ID#: 490418218 The museum is located at the Institute and has a few rooms dedicated to the research of the Arctic and Antartic regions. It has...More

1  Thank ukandnl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with my husband and son and we all enjoyed the museum, full of lots of information about the exploration of both poles. Not a large museum but after 2 hours we had to give up because our brains could not take in anymore facts!

Thank JuneHerts
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were clear displays with lots of information about polar explorations and audio-visual aids were available. Plenty of ramps and toilets available. All very interesting for about a couple of hours.

Thank 946JJ19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting small museum especially the exhibition of Scott's journey. Very moving to see Oates's sleeping bag and other items.

Thank Gee-Cross
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

We loved this museum. Such a wonderful break from your average hum drum museum visit. This place was filled with actual items that went on the adventure. It gave me new respect for the hearty individuals and what the had to endure. This museum should...More

Thank Rae T
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great museum. The entrance is impressive, particularly the ceiling. Staff were helpful & informative. Great balance between information on previous polar expeditions & current research.

Thank Emma C
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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!
Would this museum be suitable for a 5 year old? My son is learning about both Poles next term, and wondered whether the information was accessible for very young children? We live in London and would happily travel to visit if so. Thanks for your advice!
23 October 2015|
Response from Mounterubus |
As a beloved visitor, turned member of staff now! I highly recommend the museum for all ages. We have a number of activities including trails and drawing activities for kids as well as a dressing up box full of authentic... More