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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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Excellent museum

This museum had not appeared on listings i had searched prior to spending a few days in Cambridge... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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I really enjoyed trying on all the goggles and polar outfits. Great museum and not too busy. I will... read more

Reviewed 2 days 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 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 yesterday via mobile

This museum had not appeared on listings i had searched prior to spending a few days in Cambridge. We were advised to visit by our B&B hosts - so pleased we went exploring here. The museum is small and close to other city centre experiences...More

Thank SmileyHJ
Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed trying on all the goggles and polar outfits. Great museum and not too busy. I will be back in a week.

Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very interesting place with artefacts related to all the polar expeditions especially moving letters to families

Thank Val F
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum covers both the Arctic and Antarctic. When we visited there was a temporary exhibition about Greenland. The museum is quite small (but entry is free) but includes quite a lot of original memorabilia from various polar expeditions. There is some scientific content but...More

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a must see in Cambridge. There is a fascinating range of items on display, and some, from the Scott of the Antarctic era are really extraordinary and so moving. The building its self is a light and airy space and the whole experience...More

Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small free museum with lots to see. We came specifically to see displays about Scott and came away having learnt about Inuits and penguins-amazing. We are planning a return visit. (No cafe but the Fitzwiliam is round the corner.)

Thank waffler_2
Reviewed 1 week ago

divided into two parts Arctic and Antarctic this is a very interesting museum It isnt partcularly big and is free to enter but the audio guide is worth buying for added information. You could easily specd 2-3 hours here but we spent about 45 mins...More

Thank jacqui3744
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We had plan to visit the Polar Museum before leaving home. The museum had many artifacts from the Arctic we haven't seen in Canada.That said, they could have stated that the Franklin ships have been found and that a Canadian RCMP vessel the St. Roch,...More

Thank Wayne B
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Informative and interesting look and polar exploration and how primitive their equipment was and how brave the explores were.

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Even though I work for the British Antarctic Survey my self, I never had given my the time to visit the museum. It was really interresting to see how these gentlemen survived polar exploration thise days, and seeing how easy it is these days if...More

Thank LudgerZ
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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!
24 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