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Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
44-1223-336540
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Ranked #17 of 107 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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hitchin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I am a bit of an Antarctic exploration fan so was very pleased to find this little gem in the limited time we had available to explore around Cambridge. Entry is free but it is worth paying for an audio guide as it provides a lot more depth and background to the exhibits. The range of exhibits is small but... More

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Cambridge UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Fascinating series of exhibits on polar exploration. Very well laid out in a modern space. You get an excellent impression of the hardships these people went through. The museum is quite small and you can get round it in under an hour. Perhaps some video and interactive exhibits of modern exploration might be good to bring it up to the... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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105 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Slightly out of town to the south (15 min walk) this is an excellent small museum which is free. It covers in detail all about the exploration of both the Arctic and Antartic. Some of the exhibts (letters from Scott expedition) were very moving. This is well up with all the other museums and deserves your support. Clean, tidy and... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

For anyone who finds the poles interesting, this is a must. Very informative and easily accessible. The artifacts and history behind them are very interesting and one feels as if you can feel the cold and hardship the travellers felt whilst travelling!

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EastAnglia
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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I spent just short of an hour here, having walked the short distance from the Sedgwick Museum. The place is spotless, well signed, with pleasant support staff and an air of freshness which was uplifting. These exhibits covered the historic activities in the Arctic/ Antarctic areas including Scott, Shackleton etc....for me the depth of detail was spot on. I wasn't... More

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The Polar Museu m, Public Relations Manager at Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive review - glad you enjoyed your time here and hope to see you again soon. More

Rhyl
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A poor welcome on entry, by two staff members. the entrance is impressive the it's poor from there on in. There are a few exhibits but was through in about 30 minutes.

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The Polar Museu m, Public Relations Manager at Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

We're sorry you didn't have the excellent experience we aim to give all our visitors. Rest assured we are always looking at ways of improving our offer and are currently looking at ways to improve our training for our front of house volunteers. More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have lived in Cambridge nearly 15 years and had been to all the other museums many times but only recently did I visit the Scott Polar Research museum...it is fascinating! I t's really interesting for all ages and I deff worth a visit on your next visit!

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The Polar Museu m, Public Relations Manager at Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

Glad to hear your positive comments - we hope to see you back at The Polar Museum soon! More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I live in Cambridge but like to return to this museum regularly, both the permanent and temporary exhibits are always fascinating and really well laid out and explained, so despite its small size I can spend quite a while poring over everything. It's really interesting for both young and old and should not be missed!

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The Polar Museu m, Public Relations Manager at Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

Delighted to hear we're your favourite museum in Cambridge! We're now producing a What's On leaflet to help keep visitors up to date with our exhibitions and events so be sure to pick one up soon. We look forward to welcoming back to The Polar Museum in the near future. More

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