We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Scott Polar Research Institute

Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
44-1223-336540
Improve this listing
Ranked #15 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
Write a Review

97 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    56
    32
    8
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
UK
Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Provo, Utah
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
cambridge
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Albans, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
66 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Doncaster
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

A very compact but absolutely fascinating and informative about polar exploration and the people who braved endless trials and tribulation to achieve (sometime) successes

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This free understated museum is small, but excellent. Too often museums are large and one suffers from information overload, but this one is just right. Took me an hour to go round. In terms of the subject matter, I wasn't sure what there would be, but it did not disappoint - they covered the history of polar exploration and mapping/surveying... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Panama
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is a small museum so well done that every single exhibit is worth spending time with. It is divided roughly 50/50 between North and South Polar regions. Great exhibits on the indigenous cultures of the north and evocative displays most notably covering the exploration period of the south (Scott, Shackleton, Ross, Amundsen, etc). Even if you hate audio guides,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Scott Polar Research Institute also viewed

 
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
 

Been to Scott Polar Research Institute? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Scott Polar Research Institute, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing