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The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

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Address: Lensfield Road | University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1ER, England
Phone Number: 44-1223-336540
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth's coldest,...

The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth's coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places, from heroes to modern climate science. The Museum is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, which is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic. Research covers both the natural and social sciences and is often interdisciplinary. The Institute also houses the World's premier Polar Library and extensive archival and photographic collections of international importance on the history of polar exploration. A range of sculptures are displayed in the Institute grounds.

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Small, but beautifully put together.

I am a complete sucker for Museums. To my shame I have driven past this one several times and failed to even notice it. It was only when I read about it in Bill Bryson's "Road to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was interested in polar exploration and was therefore stimulated by this museum. However the rest of the family were quickly bored. In all fairness, there is little to stimulate children. No interactive displays, just lots and lots and lots to read. The staff were not all that friendly either or helpful. A bit of a disappointment.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am a complete sucker for Museums. To my shame I have driven past this one several times and failed to even notice it. It was only when I read about it in Bill Bryson's "Road to Little Dribbling" that I made the determined effort to walk away from the shops and pubs of Cambridge and pay it a visit.... More 

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Thank Mick C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Another fascinating Cambridge museum. Small, and full of interesting bits and pieces. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Small little museum, but very informative and interesting artifacts. Free to enter and staff very helpful and friendly. Worth a visit if you have a spare hour

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Thank DtfZ
Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My adult daughter and I went to this museum, allowing about an hour to see it in - which wasn't long enough! It is a wonderful small museum with a most excellent audio tour, which is well worth paying for. The museum covers not only the expeditions of the many arctic and antarctic explorers of the past, but also the... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although small there is a lot to take in and if you have children they will enjoy it. By the time you have been around it you will feel that you have a good knowledge of how the Poles came to be explored.

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Bethesda, Gwynedd UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with my friend and three kids in total. We thought that they would find it a bit boring but they were crazy about dressing up in the polar clothes. They checked all the tools and pictures. It was absolutely great choice of the museum. It is free.

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Thank oluniapm
Surrey UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum, beautifully laid out, with lots of original artefacts including original letters from Scott and others at the end of their failed expedition. Very moving.

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Thank KLmum
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have an hour spare, a trip here is well worth it. Take time to read the information, it will enlighten you on all things polar

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Thank Jane141270
Peterhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When I was at HMS Worcesterci always remember the memorial to Birdie Bowers who served in the ship and was lost with Scott. This now resides in the museum, Have also been to a Scott museum at Chawton in Hampshire Before they sailed the ship spent the night alongside Worcester for the cadets to visit So found this museum of... More 

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