The Polar Museum The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum

Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER, United Kingdom | 01223 336540 | Website

Venue 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.


Step free access to the Institute is available using a ramp, accessible via the car park. A tactile map of The Polar Museum floor plan is available for visitors to use upon request. The Polar Museum also has a wheelchair available for visitors to use. Please ask on the day when you arrive, or call or email us to book it in advance. For an audio described introduction to the museum, please visit:

Accessibility Guide

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Step free access, a wide door and easy turn locks and taps. Unfortunately the door is not powered.


Several of our staff have been trained in guiding blind or partially sighted visitors, please contact us in advance if you would like their support during your visit. Pre-booked visitors can also access our handling collections including tactile maps of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

COVID Precautions

Information about COVID precautions has not been added for this venue.

Assistance dog facilities

Assistance dog exercise facilities

Assistance dogs are welcome in the museum. There is a small garden outside the museum, and nearby green area 'Parkers Piece' is 350m from the museum.

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Audio Format
  • Disabled Access

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