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Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
44-1223-336540
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Ranked #16 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The section on Scott made my cry! Very informative museum and friendly staff. Just outside the main city but easy to walk to and find.

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West Yorkshire
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Super little museum for those with an interest in polar exploration like me. It is not a place to take the kids for a hands on interactive experience. The artefacts are really interesting and the displays on Scott are thought provoking - Those guys really had to endure hardship. The domes on the ceilings in the entrance are great to... More

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UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

New cases and excellent lighting display a wide range of memorabilia, charts, personal possessions and relics of past heroic explorations of the most inhospitable places on this earth.

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Provo, Utah
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The museum has a small but interesting collection focusing on the Scott and Shackleton expeditions but including some modern stuff as well. They have a gift shop with lots of good books and other items. During my visit, the two staff persons were knowledgeable and eager to help.

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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Excellent educational info covering scientific, historical, and cultural of our north and south pole.

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cambridge
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

one of my favourite little museums,very well done .typical Cambridge gem, poorly communicated and marketed, and when I was a kid it never seemed to be open, we used to comment that its was easier to get to the north pole then get into the museum- but popped in a week ago and was pleased that i did.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Excellent "petite" museum, vere well documented and exibited Congratulations to Prof Julian Dowdeswell

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Easy to follow informative museum giving an excellent insight to the race to the pole aswell as life in the Artic regions.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
71 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

What a well created museum, it is simple to follow yet very interesting. Polar exploration through the ages for all people. Also make sure you look in the entrance hall particularly at the ceiling. Most amazing of all it's free.

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