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Exploration into science: Discover the story of planet Earth's coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places …

If you have ever wondered what it is like to travel to the Polar Regions or why they are so important to the future of our world, take a trip to The Polar Museum. From penguins to paintings, sleeping bags to sextants, Inuit art to explorers' diaries – come and find out about exploration, science and survival at the extreme ends of the earth. Discover the North and South Poles just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages, including school and other groups.

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By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men

By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men is the major centenary exhibition commemorating Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914–17.

Shackleton and his men survived one of the worst disasters in Antarctic history: their ship was crushed and sank, and the outside world was unaware of their predicament or location. The exhibition will tell the story of the disaster and how Shackleton and his men overcame the challenges they faced. It will commemorate all 28 men (and Mrs Chippy the cat) from the Weddell Sea party, and will also honour the Ross Sea party and the three men who lost their lives.

The exhibition features a range of objects and archival material from the Scott Polar Research Institute, as well as artefacts from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and other private collections. The exhibition will run until 18 June 2016.

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Scott's Expedition Diaries online

The Polar Museum has begun an exciting new project to provide access to the journals and diaries of the officers, scientists and crew of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-13, held in the Institute's Archives. Check our Polar Diaries project pages for news of developments.

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