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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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Abertillery, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I attended the museum whilst supervising a school group. Whilst it is quite small campared to many of Cambridge's museums it is a specialist area, and packed with interesting items. Overall we were in the museum around 3-4 hours, and I felt we could have spent another hour without growing bored. Well worth a visit if you are passing.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

An excellent day out for all the family. Really interesting to learn about all that happened and to experience some of the activities

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Fascinating exhibits of historic Polar exploration. At the moment an exhibition of works of art by an artist in residence who travelled South and worked in the Antarctic on a Navy patrol ship, producing stunning land and sea scapes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It is a must to visit the spri. The story of scott and his men perishing on their journey is something that grips me and has dine ever since i was a child learning if this at school. This is a seriously important museum to me, being able to get up close and personal with with gear, tales, stories and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Having read book's as a child about Scott, Shackleton etc, i enjoyed this small museum. Well worth a visit.

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Additional Information about Scott Polar Research Institute

Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
Phone Number: 44-1223-336540
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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