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Please contact us for details of hiring the museum as an event venue.

See also the archive of previous events and the Friends' Lecture series.

Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown: A sensory trail between St John's College Library & The Polar Museum

Throughout the Festival (11 – 23 March) during museum and library opening hours.
Please check opening hours for both on their websites.

Age: 5+

Approximately 45 mins

Young explorers needed to undertake mission of discovery! Historic explorers didn't have maps to help them find their way. They had to look out for landmark objects and use all their senses to map their surroundings. Forge your own trail through Cambridge discovering as you go. Collect your trail from either St John's College Library or the Polar Museum.

Throughout the Science Festival (11 - 23 March) during museum and library opening hours. Please check opening hours for both on their websites.

Boot

Conservation Conversations

Saturday 15 March, 2pm - 4pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum

On Saturday 15th March there is a chance to have a really close encounter with some of our historic boots and quiz the experts about them. Come to the Courtyard in the Fitzwilliam Museum between 2pm and 4pm where we are holding a drop-in session, looking in detail at all kinds of Polar boots, including one belonging to Captain Scott. Meet the people who investigate how they were made and why some of them change over time, and discuss the decisions we take about conservation. Objects from other University museums will also be on show, including ancient and fake bronze sculptures and a Ronald Searle drawing.

This is a free event and is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. More details here.

the story of science

The Story of Science: Family Activity Day

Saturday 15 March 2014, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Once upon a time there was a scientist – well, really an explorer - and actually there were lots of them. They wanted to find out about the North and South Poles, how to get there, what ice was made of and what was at the bottom of the ocean. Join us for a day of science storytelling. Discover the stories throughout the Polar Museum and tell your own. With special guest storyteller, Marion Leeper.

For families. Drop in, no booking required.

when scientists fly

When Scientists Fly: The Arctic Science Experience

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 4pm - 5pm
The Polar Museum

Hands on activity event for ages 12 – 18

Have you ever wondered what a scientist does? What a researcher gets up to? For one day only, join our mission to map the Arctic atmosphere. Climb aboard and take control of our replica aircraft. Meet the experts, become a scientist and analyse data in the Arctic skies. Brought to you by the 'Methane in the Arctic: Measurements and Modelling (MAMM) project and the Polar Museum. Please book here.

Out of This World

Out of This World: The Arctic Science Experience

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6pm - 7.30pm

Hands on activity event for ages 18+

With a glass of wine in hand, join our mission to map the Arctic atmosphere. Get the chance to take on the role of a polar scientist and analyse data on board our replica aircraft. Learn from the experts; members of the 'Methane in the Arctic: Measurements and Modelling (MAMM) project' will be with us to explain their roles and take us on our campaign through the Arctic skies. Brought to you by MAMM and the Polar Museum. Please book here.

map

Sea Monsters to Sonar: Charting the Polar Oceans

A talk by Dr John Ash

Monday 14 April, 6pm - 7pm
The Polar Museum

Dr John Ash, an ex-submariner with experience in the Arctic and curator of this temporary exhibition, will trace the development and use of maps in the harsh Polar Oceans, looking at how maps are used as tools for survival and the journeys made for scientific discovery at the poles.

This is a free event. Book tickets here.

Polar Museum Domes

Explore the World: Mapping Day with St John's College Library & The Polar Museum

Tuesday 15 April, 10.30am - 2.30pm

Ages 7 - 11, £10 per child

Join us for Easter Holiday fun with a day of exploration and mapping at two Cambridge venues. Drop off at at St John's College Library and moving on to The Polar Museum.

To book a place email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

science experiment

Museums at Night: Science Tasting Evening

Friday 16 May, 6pm - 8pm
The Polar Museum

Cleanse your palette for an evening of science tasting at the polar museum. A night where you can find out about current polar science in stand up style, try out science experiments yourself and be entertained by our science buskers!

This is a free event. Book tickets here.