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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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there really isn't anything like it - so drop by when you are out of better ideas. It is small and won't take long.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

there really isn't anything like it - so drop by when you are out of better ideas. It is small and won't take long.

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

Just so you can plan your visit, the museum here is small but packed with objects/info and it has no facilities except a small shop. Take a comfort stop elsewhere before you go therefore as 2 hours is needed as a minimum to appreciate it. The museum starts with info and displays on native tribes of the north pole region... More 

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Thank hfulton32
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating exhibition about polar exploration. If you are someone who likes to read the details, this place is fascinating. It's not somewhere that's very entertaining for children or interactive but more for those interested in history. It has a nice little shop and it's free. Don't miss the duplicate boat which is hidden outside and round the corner of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pretty little museum with items that belonged to British polar explorers of old. Also plenty of information on the Arctic regions. Attached to the museum is a fantastic library with anything and everything you could wish for as a researcher of the Poles.

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Holmfirth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw this as part of a punting trip - interesting historical facts provided by the young lady on the punt

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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PolarMuseum, Manager at The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Marcus. Perhaps you'd be interested in one of our family days another time. We've got lots going on for families over the summer holidays and also every few months we have a special day with activities for the kids. You can find the details on the 'Events' page of our website. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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 4 weeks ago 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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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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