The University of Cambridge Museums are closing to the public on 17 March until further notice. Find out more.


Discover Polar adventure and exploration on your doorstep. From penguins to paintings, sleeping bags to sextants, Inuit art to explorers’ diaries – come find out about exploration, science and survival at the extreme ends of the earth. 

Collection Highlights

- Fossil ferns from approximately 140 million ago
- Snow googles used by Ernest Shackleton on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance) – given to him by Harald Nilsen.
- An unopened tin of pemmican taken from the hut of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09 (Nimrod). 
- A folding camera, manufactured by A.E. Staley & Co. and used by Robert Falcon Scott at the South Pole, 1912, on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova).

Free Entry

Contact Us

Call: 01223 336540

Group Visits

Very welcome, prebooking is essential. Group sizes are limited to 20 adults or one school class per half day. Prebook and check availability via the Museum’s online booking form.

Guided Tours
Guided tours for groups of up to 20 adults are available. A fee of from £100 per group applies. Email to book. 
For more information about guided tours, visit the Museum’s website.

Family Visits

Visiting with a buggy
Buggies are welcome but cannot be left unattended, please contact the Museum before your visit with any questions.  

Audio guides are available at the information desk, with one tour aimed at adults and one at younger visitors. A small charge applies. 
Polar Explorer Dressing Up Clothes: Get in character as a Polar Explorer with these dressing up clothes.
Gallery trails: Discover the Polar regions with a Pack-a-polar suitcase trail, an Explorer trail and other activities for children.

Research Enquiries and Image Permissions

Researchers wishing to consult the Museum’s collections should email to make an appointment.
To request permission to use images of the Museum’s collection, please contact the Picture Library at the Scott Polar Research Institute.