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Scott Polar Research Institute

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Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
Phone Number: 44-1223-336540
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Description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers...
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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Neat diversion

Shackleton and other explorers were so tough and manly. I just popped in for ten minutes on my walk to the train station. Free admission so why not go!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Shackleton and other explorers were so tough and manly. I just popped in for ten minutes on my walk to the train station. Free admission so why not go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Very well presented in all aspects - well laid out and very informative. A fitting tribute not just to Scott but all previous early polar explorers.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Always something interesting to see and learn here, brought my children when they were small and I now still visit myself. Get to attend some of the talks if you can they are very interesting and bring the cold wastes of our planet to life

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were here on a busy day because it was science week in Cambridge. The collection of artifacts is good but the information about the exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic was simply wonderful. We also attended a friends lecture here in the evening about the language of the Inuit people and their life today which was very thought... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Hi, this is quite small museum, but very rich in exponates. Every member of family will find there something interesting. It takes about 1 or 1 1/2 to see all the stuff, but is well worth it and cannot be missed once you are in Cambridge. I would recommend this museum anytime. What is more, there is no entrance fee,... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Visiting Cambridge for three days, the Scott Polar Institute was high on our agenda and did not disappoint. The building and it's exhibits are of the highest quality and the presentation excellent. It is quite humbling to read and learn of the efforts of the various expeditions and explorers who strove to reach both Poles and the scientific work they... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Only a small museum but full of interesting polar stuff including items from the Scott and Shackleton expeditions, and it's free !

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

OK, so I'm biased. Shackleton and Scott have been heroes of mine since reading about them as children so seeing artifacts from those now legendary expeditions is a dream come true. Not a big museum but there's a wealth of information on display including letters written by Scott's party before their demise. Very moving even to this day. Definately worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great place to spend an hour learning about the intrepid explorers who contributed to our understanding to both the Arctic and Antarctic. Admission free but buy a set of headphones - £5 for 2 which gives you an even better insight to the journeys and the exhibits. No cafe but includes a little shop. A range of activities were on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

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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