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Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
44-1223-336540
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Ranked #19 of 107 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers that features exhibits and research materials regarding life and exploration of... more » Owner description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers that features exhibits and research materials regarding life and exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic Polar Regions. « less
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English first
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Interesting natural items and historic artifacts. A bright modern museum. Free admission. One of the best hours spent in Cambridge.

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Hereford
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61 reviews 61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

For anyone interested in polar exploration, this is an interesting collection of photographs, original gear, and anecdotes and stories - you may already know these but the pictures bring it alive. Some of the stories are very poignant, especially that of the missing Franklin. It is amazing how conditions were so treacherous and yet explorers kept going back for more... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Very well organised museum, recommended donation of £3 to get in. Had a trail for the kids. Who would have thought that you could make so much out of seal skin.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Everything I could possibly want to know about the polar regions, all in one compact little museum. The displays on indigenous lifestyles and art are fascinating, but it's the exhibits of early Polar exploration that are the highlight for me. I should mention that the giftshop is great too!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Assuming you have an interest in history and exploration of the Poles you will find much of interest in this compact museum , full of pictures , maps , artifacts etc from the Poles. This is not a subject I have any particular interest in - and I found it fascinating!.

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Brisbane, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Part of the SPRI, the library of which is largely upstairs and available by booking in advance. The museum is a wonder of compactness without being crowded. Excellent exhibits and interpretation, and truly stunning artifacts, including Captain Oates' sleeping bag, original letters from the Tent in which Scott, Bowers and Wilson perished on display. And particularly interesting arctic exhibits. Very... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

A small but very interesting museum. Good variety of displays with plenty of info if you wanted to delve deeper. Great photographs and a good overall atmosphere. Well worth the short stroll from the centre of Cambridge.

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

A small, but very well presented museum. Very informative, good displays and thoroughly engrossing. Audio guides absolutely brilliant and hugely enhanced our visit. Thoroughly recommended.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A small museum, part of SPRI. The exhibits were well-laid out with plenty to read about each item. The Reception staff were welcoming. There are drawers containing items sensitive to light such as early 20th cent. letters from explorers. The part open to the public is ground floor. There is a Library (application beforehand to use it); and many other... More

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Chicago, IL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Smaller museum full of into. Audio guide can be downloaded. Spent 1 hr here. Glad we went. If interested in Polar expeditions go and see.

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