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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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Really interesting.

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

Reviewed 2 days ago
Emma C
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating museum with artefacts from many Polar expeditions including Captain Oates' sleeping-bag.

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Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My two children, 9 and 1, have become a bit anti-museum but I decided to give the Polar Museum a chance as it had excellent reviews plus the added bonus of the pop-up science museum currently adjoining it. We enjoyed the wander from the bus station across Parker's Piece, braved the hideous Regent Street junction and were met with a... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent trip to Cambridge my party and I decided to visit this museum after reading good reviews. It is small but there is plenty of information and interesting things to see. Definitely worth a visit!

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a city full of history, this small museum is so worth a visit. A wonderful tribute to the brave polar explorers. The museum has the most incredible artefacts and the letters are particularly poignant. So worth going to to. It is small and will only take about an hour to visit. Has toilets and a small shop. Free to... More 

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Thank GillyT
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place. I hope to come again,it was very eye catching and intresting history to read about.👌

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Thank Dina D
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

A totally unique museum, just ten minutes walk from the train station or the centre of the city. A real gem, yet to be found in most tourist guides. This museum is small, extremely attractive, well designed, highly informative, well signed, and just "knock your socks off" in terms of the artefacts they have here. The strength of the exhibits... More 

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1 Thank Simon M
London
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We chose to visit this museum rather than the Fitzwilliam because my husband has always been interested in the achievements of people like Shackleton. I found it much more interesting than I expected as not only did it cover polar exploration, but had exhibits relating to the various tribes and cultures in the arctic circle, such as clothing and everyday... More 

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1 Thank LondonJmj
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Tucked away not far from the station in Lendsfield Road this is a one off.NOwhere in the world can you visit and feel the atmospheric history of great polar explorers with original items here.

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Thank Roger B
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Emotive story of arctic and Antarctic exploration - educational and interesting. Not large, but enough to keep us occupied for 90 minutes.

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