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Scott Polar Research Institute

Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
Phone Number: 44-1223-336540
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Ranked #19 of 104 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers that features exhibits and...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We were a touch disappointed with this museum . It was far smaller than we expected and not a huge amount of displays. It was full of kids so we couldnt see anything . It was free and donations were gratefully accepted . Staff very nice and helpful and what was there was interesting. Clean toilets and small shop. Not... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a small informal museum covering just about all you need to know about the Arctic and the Antarctic; the natural history, their discoveries and exploration and the current climate related situation as well as the socio- political context of issues affecting our polar regions. Entry is free and it is well worth visiting.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This was the second time I have visited this museum and it is lovely. I like the fact that it is themed and I think this makes it easier for children to concentrate on the exhibits. The staff are very friendly and the exhibits are well displayed. There is even an activity sheet for children.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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157 reviews 157 reviews
106 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Polar Museum is one of the free museums run by Cambridge University and is certainly one of the most interesting exhibition spaces in Cambridge. It is something a little bit different, covering an area of the world and the history of exploration that isn’t normally looked into in most museums, making it quite a specialist collection although the upmost... More 

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90 reviews 90 reviews
11 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I first visited this museum about 30 years ago and was moved to tears by the display of Scott's diaries, his team's bravery, and their terrible demise. So on a recent visit I was sad to see the sterility and emotionless nature of the completely re-vamped displays. The important stuff is now hidden away in tint sliding drawers, poorly lit,... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
13 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This small museum contains a fascinating display of objects relating to the Polar regions including Inuit art and carvings, and a large collection of scrimshaw. To me, the most interesting part of the displays was the items retrieved from the ill fated 1912 Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole by Captain Scott etc. They were beaten to the Pole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A visit to Cambridge should leave time for an hour or two at the Museum of the Scott Polar Research Institute.. The staff make you most welcome there and not only tell you about the Arctic and Antartica but actually take you there. Naomi, Brian, Martin and all the others enthrall you with their tales and exhibits from those bravest... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I had driven and ridden past Polar Institute many times and was always curious. Absolutely loved the visit when taking a 13 year old along. Incredible wealth of information. Learnt a lot I'd had no idea about before. Makes you appreciate even more the great contributions made by these brave explorers. Looking forward to visiting again. So much to see... More 

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93 reviews 93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Visited this on a bit of a whim and loved it. So interesting. Amazing exhibits and very friendly volunteers

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Leamington Spa
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8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Displays of artefacts thrilling. They tell the story of polar life and exploration dramatically and effectively in a small and well- designed space. A great place to spend five minutes or give hours.

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