The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
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
About
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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Helen R
Chinley, UK427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a gem of a museum. So very informative! Place was quite busy given we were there in the Easter Holidays, but still possible to view all the exhibits, albeit had to wait a little for one or 2. I had a question and the staff called a researcher to answer!

Really fascinating, including very poignant letters from explorers who knew they were dying. In fact the explorers must have been arming mad given some of the extremes that they went through!

I suppose the downsides are that everything is quite packed in whereas the exhibit at the back was very spacious and almost empty.

Free museum; we were there about 90 mins and both 14 and 12 year old were engrossed!
Written 15 April 2024
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Mike
Glossop, UK1,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Really interesting. Collections associated with artic indigenous peoples and exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Includes exhibits from Scott’s Ill fated journey to the South Pole.
Written 2 March 2024
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Sally G
124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We found this to be a small but fascinating museum. There is a lot to read but also many interesting artefacts, maps, letters etc. The letters from individuals who knew they were dying were particularly poignant.
Written 11 December 2023
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NV_Domehead
Harrogate, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Fascinating place. We happened to be walking past and didn't even know it was there. One exhibition was temporarily closed (sadly it was the satellites bit - boo) but there were some great artefacts from expeditions to both poles. Well worth a look!
Written 28 November 2023
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A really interesting museum about the history of arctic and polar exploration. A quick walk through, with great exhibits.
Written 17 August 2023
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Uday T
London, UK1,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
A wonderful, little museum, but with a big story to tell
Lots of artefacts, photos, letetrs, diaries about the Antarctic exploration as well as a bit about the north pole
Fascinating and really well curated, the staff are very keen to engage with visitors, a lady with a narwahl tusk was happy to let you hold it and talk about narwahls, the man behind the desk had a long conversation with me and pointed me in the direction of a replica boat outside the back of the museum which would have been easy to miss
Excellent experience
Written 11 June 2023
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Freda L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Really outstanding little gem of a museum in centre of Cambridge, parking nearby, unusual, full of interesting facts and exhibits about polar exploration, including origins, showcasing the greats, Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. Worth the visit and donation asked for.
Written 15 April 2023
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sng49
London, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Very interesting exhibits about polar explorations at both poles. We spent over an hour at this small, manageable museum and enjoyed it all. Much information about the people who made these expeditions and the challenges they faced. Many interesting books to buy in the shop.
Written 10 January 2023
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HerneBayCharley
herne bay117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I returned to this museum after an initial visit and found lots more I missed first time round - for example the letters written by Scott and his companions are stored in drawers. It is smaller than you would imagine but really interesting the way the displays are presented in a kind of chronological order. Some unique exhibits and good descriptions of life in polar regions and of the expeditions undertaken.
Written 1 October 2022
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calabonzo
Inverurie, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This was on our list of things to visit. We realised it wouldn’t take up too much time, after having read other reviews about it. We found it easily and enjoyed our time there. It took us around an hour and a half to see all we wanted to, but you could spend longer if you wanted to read absolutely everything. There is also a shop area which sells some particularly interesting books.
Written 25 September 2022
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