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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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Huge Refurb, MUST GO

Hey, you pass it on your cycles 100 times already, stop and go in and take a look. Its amazing. Lost of scientific instruments on display. If you a PhD student thinking your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Hey, you pass it on your cycles 100 times already, stop and go in and take a look. Its amazing. Lost of scientific instruments on display. If you a PhD student thinking your research is tough. You shall be humbled.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Haven't been inside this building in over 25 years so was very pleasantly surprised to enter a now bright foyer with ceiling painting worth looking at and then going into a bright, well-laid out exhibition. Taking a visitor through everything from the environment to the great journeys, (e.g. Shackleton) with a gift shop filled with everything from big, serious books... More 

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England
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149 reviews 149 reviews
39 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

As a lifelong admirer of Captain Scott I have long wanted to visit this place. This was my first chance since the museum opened to the public. I was not disappointed. A small museum but full of the most interesting artefacts and pictures. Covering the "Heroic Age" of polar exploration, it gives equal prominence to both of the polar regions... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Although it is so small it has a lot of information about the polars and the researches there. The entrance is free and it has some nice souvenirs in the end.

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Leeds
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Incredibly informative museum that teaches you so much about our British heritage. It's small and compact but it is full of rich detail about expeditions to both the Artic and Antartica. Also tells you about the culture of people who live near the north and south poles. Well maintained inside. The door is a bit confusing to get into the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I enjoyed my brief visit here and I probably would have got more out of it if I could have spent extra time reading more of the many letters written by the amazing men from this 'heroic age'. The museum covers much more than the Scott expeditions. Having a particular interest in the Franklin 'lost' N.W Passage expedition I was... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We went to this small museum not knowing what to expect, this is one of the best laid out museums I have been to, take your time and read everything some of the artifacts leave a lump in you troat , and you will realise what these men went through. Go and see it.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
35 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This museum was recommended by our niece and her boyfriend. I was not expecting to find it particularly interesting, but how wrong I was: the exhibits were fascinating and well described. I was particularly interested in the handmade clothing and the exhibits made from bone. I spent most of my time reading all the letters, which are heart breaking. They... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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53 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a small but great museum. I recommend it highly. The exhibits are well done, informative, and comprehensive. Anyone interested in polar exploration, or any exploration should be sure to visit this museum. As a bonus, it is free!

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was in Birmingham so decided to go as I have wanted to see the place for a while. It has some great artefacts but it is very small with some frankly wrong information, glad I have seen it, even more glad I didn't make a special trip, two hour drive for a museum i spent forty minutes in, hope... More 

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