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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 superb look back into Polar exploration history

During our recent weekend visit to Cambridge, my wife and I eventually found The Scott Polar Research Institute and within that building, The Polar Museum. It is such a shame... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cotehele
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Sussex
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Sussex
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95 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During our recent weekend visit to Cambridge, my wife and I eventually found The Scott Polar Research Institute and within that building, The Polar Museum. It is such a shame that the city has not allowed the Museum to advertise its presence further afield within the City itself, by way of signage, as I'm sure there will have been visitors... More 

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Thank Cotehele
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An amazing true and sad story with real artefacts on display. All very well presented. If you know the famous history of this, a visit here will complete your information.

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Thank musicman186225
Henfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A well presented small museum in the heart of Cambridge, covers the story of play exploration and the associated local people of these regions. It covers mostly Shackleton, but also deletes into over areas of interest around the local nomadic tribes and their way of life. If I had one criticism there is a lots of reading to do, and... More 

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Thank Joy P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It will not be my first choice if your are on a short trip into Cambridge. But if you are into polar exploration then it´s a must. Otherwise it´s a small museum with some examples and nice stories, enough if you want to shows to your children about polar exploration or geography.

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Thank Sergio_OC_UK
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small museum is well worth a visit - and it is free! It tells the story of polar exploration, much of it related to Shackleton but the sad story of Scott's attempt to reach the South Pole is well-explained. Apart from the static presentations there are some interactive screens which deal with climate.

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Thank Poppadoc5748
hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very small and a little difficult to find but extremely interesting with some great exhibits and the staff very knowledgeable and friendly The only negatives were that as someone with a chronic illness there was only one chair once inside so you have to be able to stand up which made things a little difficult if you are not very... More 

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Thank normanHertfordshire
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another Cambridge museum that is well worth seeing! It covers both the north and south pole expeditions and includes many interesting artifacts, letters and photographs.

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Thank pjbarner
York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum covers life, exploration and politics of the polar land masses. Excellent detail and lots of information; although quite small we were in there for a couple of hours. At a few places I felt they could have been a little clearer about whether the information related to the North or South Pole, but other than that it is... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I have taken my Children (8&6) here several times! They love it and cannot believe how these brave souls took on mother nature with the artefacts on show. The museum is free! However do the right thing and make a donation! Every time I go in I realise how lucky I am to live in Cambridge. To have this on... More 

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Thank KevIn W
Glencoe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Well laid-out & informative, this little museum is a gem for anyone interested in polar exploration, the development of the continents & adventure.

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