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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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Description: This is one of the world’s oldest international research centers...
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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An Inspirational Venue

Visiting Cambridge for three days, the Scott Polar Institute was high on our agenda and did not disappoint. The building and it's exhibits are of the highest quality and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Visiting Cambridge for three days, the Scott Polar Institute was high on our agenda and did not disappoint. The building and it's exhibits are of the highest quality and the presentation excellent. It is quite humbling to read and learn of the efforts of the various expeditions and explorers who strove to reach both Poles and the scientific work they... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Only a small museum but full of interesting polar stuff including items from the Scott and Shackleton expeditions, and it's free !

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

OK, so I'm biased. Shackleton and Scott have been heroes of mine since reading about them as children so seeing artifacts from those now legendary expeditions is a dream come true. Not a big museum but there's a wealth of information on display including letters written by Scott's party before their demise. Very moving even to this day. Definately worth... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great place to spend an hour learning about the intrepid explorers who contributed to our understanding to both the Arctic and Antarctic. Admission free but buy a set of headphones - £5 for 2 which gives you an even better insight to the journeys and the exhibits. No cafe but includes a little shop. A range of activities were on... More 

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ruthin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were a touch disappointed with this museum . It was far smaller than we expected and not a huge amount of displays. It was full of kids so we couldnt see anything . It was free and donations were gratefully accepted . Staff very nice and helpful and what was there was interesting. Clean toilets and small shop. Not... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a small informal museum covering just about all you need to know about the Arctic and the Antarctic; the natural history, their discoveries and exploration and the current climate related situation as well as the socio- political context of issues affecting our polar regions. Entry is free and it is well worth visiting.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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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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bedfordshire,UK
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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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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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