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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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This is one of the world's oldest international research centers that...

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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A great experience and free to get in

It’s a shame this museum is not in a more prominent area. It is a must see for anyone who is interested in the history of polar exploration. It was very well presented and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Attleborough, United Kingdom
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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It’s a shame this museum is not in a more prominent area. It is a must see for anyone who is interested in the history of polar exploration. It was very well presented and very informative. When you go in, take a look at the ceiling paintings in the foyer, they are quite amazing. The gift shop is well worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This free exhibition is a privilege to experience! Full of original exhibits with full history explained which made this visit a informative and exciting adventure for my 7 year old companion and I. We loved it, an exciting history lesson!

Thank NandC13
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, Cambridge is a short 60 minutes train ride from London, and the Scott Polar Research Institute a short 10 minutes walk from Cambridge train station. So you can walk to the Museum, and afterward stroll into Cambridge and feel the great institution atmosphere. There is a small suggested 3 pounds donation when you enter. As a person... More 

Thank Manamour
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended a talk about the Encyclopaedia Britannica's journey with Shackleton to Antarctica and then a short guided tour of museum. The ceilings in the domed entrance hall are spectacular - look out for the penguins and polar bears on the tops of the pillars too. Some original letters written at the end of Scott's fated journey to the pole are... More 

Thank Nigel B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits. Great access for wheelchairs. A warm hearted welcome from the staff. Would go back. Lovely stuff in the shop too.

Thank Zofia M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I pop in here whenever I am in Cambridge and my free time coincides with the centre's opening hours. I find the history of polar exploration very interesting, especially, of course, the ill-fated expedition of Scott and co. just over a century ago. The museum has several interesting exhibits from that period, including the sleeping bag belonging to Oates, complete... More 

1 Thank Fiona O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

During my academic day tour of Cambridge a year ago, I chanced upon the Scott Polar Research Institute. A free-of-charge museum worthy of its own exploration, there are a number of informative displays of both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Worth an hour to peruse and learn!

Thank SMO2015
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The idea of such a museum to concentrate on the Antarctic and the Arctic is a fantastic idea. Shame the Shackelton exhibition was so sparse with nothing but posters telling the story of his expedition 100 years ago. It needed more exhibits like for instance the medals awarded to him and his crew. Some relics of the ship and some... More 

1 Thank chunky65
Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Wonderful exhibit detailing the brave and crazy explorers who pioneered polar exploration. Small but perfectly formed it will take a couple of hours to view with a number of interactive exhibits. Perfect for a weekend afternoon.

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North London UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is the place to go if you have like my partner an all absorbing interest in all things to do with polar exploration. Small museum attached to actual institute but lots of unique exhibits. someway from city centre and parking.

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