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“Small but absolutely fascinating”

The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
Ranked #14 of 168 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

A treasure of a small museum which is well worth the walk out from central Cambridge. Set in a very interesting building with good signage of exhibits, do not miss this treasure.

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Unique museum containing items relating to Polar history and exploration including art. Wonderful building and great archives which are accessible by appointment.

Thank Cathy C
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Extremely well laid out and so interesting.
This is a must for residents and visitors...very informative and well worth a visit.
I must go again to help fill in the gaps...a great museum. Free!

Thank Ann4all
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

I'm not sure if the exhibition is always this good or whether it had been improved due to the 100 year anniversary of Scott's expedition.
It was very informative, well laid out and totally free.
Definitely visit for an enjoyable history and geography lesson, school was never this interesting!

Thank CCandH
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Just stumbled on this little museum while walking around Cambridge. Has some materials that are original to the Scott Expeditions and a great review of 19th and 20th century polar exploration.

Thank Michaelslc
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