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Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
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Ranked #16 of 100 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers that features exhibits and...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This was the second time I have visited this museum and it is lovely. I like the fact that it is themed and I think this makes it easier for children to concentrate on the exhibits. The staff are very friendly and the exhibits are well displayed. There is even an activity sheet for children.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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103 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Polar Museum is one of the free museums run by Cambridge University and is certainly one of the most interesting exhibition spaces in Cambridge. It is something a little bit different, covering an area of the world and the history of exploration that isn’t normally looked into in most museums, making it quite a specialist collection although the upmost... More 

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89 reviews 89 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I first visited this museum about 30 years ago and was moved to tears by the display of Scott's diaries, his team's bravery, and their terrible demise. So on a recent visit I was sad to see the sterility and emotionless nature of the completely re-vamped displays. The important stuff is now hidden away in tint sliding drawers, poorly lit,... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
13 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This small museum contains a fascinating display of objects relating to the Polar regions including Inuit art and carvings, and a large collection of scrimshaw. To me, the most interesting part of the displays was the items retrieved from the ill fated 1912 Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole by Captain Scott etc. They were beaten to the Pole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A visit to Cambridge should leave time for an hour or two at the Museum of the Scott Polar Research Institute.. The staff make you most welcome there and not only tell you about the Arctic and Antartica but actually take you there. Naomi, Brian, Martin and all the others enthrall you with their tales and exhibits from those bravest... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I had driven and ridden past Polar Institute many times and was always curious. Absolutely loved the visit when taking a 13 year old along. Incredible wealth of information. Learnt a lot I'd had no idea about before. Makes you appreciate even more the great contributions made by these brave explorers. Looking forward to visiting again. So much to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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