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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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Highly recommended - well laid out and informative

If you have even a tiny interest in polar exploration, do not miss this museum - it was 1 of my favorites of 10 or so I visited this time around in Cambridge, right up there with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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The Dalles, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you have even a tiny interest in polar exploration, do not miss this museum - it was 1 of my favorites of 10 or so I visited this time around in Cambridge, right up there with the Fitzwilliam. The displays are well done and there is sufficient narrative for those without much background to enjoy it and learn from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Not to be missed. Drawn in by special exhibition of prints and drawings by Emma Stibborn. Discovered a fascinating exhibition of life in polar regions, both historic and contemporary. Well displayed and informative .

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Almost first in the queue at 10:00 am we were soon joined by many fellow visitors on a sunny summer morning, more than we had expected. Clearly demarcated into arctic and antarctic exploration, lots of personal and emotive artefacts bring to life the trials and courage of those who entered the race to get to the poles.

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Gibsonia, Pa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a great place if you are interested in early polar exploration. The museum is small and on one floor. Many exhibits include actual equipment from the time.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This small museum with free admission has several nice exhibits about Antarctic explorartion. However, there is no close by parking. We were there on a Saturday afternoon & it took twice as long to find a place to park than it did to see the museum. If this is the only attraction you want to see in Cambridge skip it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My wife and I visited this on a Saturday afternoon. It was a very informative and touching experience. Really care and attention to detail have gone into this. The letters are a particular point of interest. Almost placing you there with the explorers. There is also a small gallery at the back if you are feeling flush. Plus a small... More 

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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Accompanied my hubby, who was really interested in the whole museum. Some informative pieces, and lots to see and wonder at.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Sheltered from the rain in this museum not having heard of it before, turned out to be a good choice. Small but well designed, gives a good overview of polar exploration and history. A good hours worth of free entertainment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great in depth exhibits at all levels, not just aimed at kids or adults but a good combination of the two. Went as 2 adults, free entry (donation welcome) and helpful friendly staff. Original outifts and equipment on display with a history of polar exploration from the first attempts through to modern pole tracking. The museum is split into two... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited the museum in the middle of the day and found it to be a little gem! Anyone interested in the Scott Polar Expedition will find this worth while.

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