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Museum events

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

See also the archive of previous events.

Polar explorers illustration

Chill out this summer - The Big Weekend and beyond...

Come and get chilled on a summer's day!

Find out how explorers like Ernest Shackleton, a hundred years ago, polar scientists nowadays and creatures like penguins and caribou cope with the cold.

The Big Weekend: Saturday 9th July on Parker's Piece, 12.00 'til 5.00pm.

Children's and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPs): Wednesday 27th July at Lammas Land, 1.00 'til 4.00pm.

ChYpPs: Wednesday 10th August at Trumpington, King George V Playing Field, 12.30 'til 4.30pm.

Toy boat and arctic figure

Friday Fun, Polar Play

Create frozen worlds through play and construction using the museum's kits and toys. Suitable for ages 4 to 10.

Friday 29th July: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 5th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 12th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 19th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 26th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.

Storytelling session


Snowy storytelling activities. Different stories every time!

Suitable for ages 4 to 8.

Wednesday 3rd August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 17th August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 31st August: 11.00am.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.


Polar tours for families

A guided tour of the highlights of the museum including tales of adventure.

Suitable for ages 4 to 8.

Wednesday 10th August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 24th August: 11.00am.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.

Little Explorers

Ways of Knowing the Polar Regions: Past, present and future

Thursday, 15 September from 18:00 to 20:30

The Arctic and Antarctic have long claimed a strong hold on the western imagination, but climate change has given these regions new prominence and meaning.

Why have these places held such a strong attraction for western explorers and storytellers? Has Polar science been well represented in climate change coverage in professional journalism and social media? What have we learned from controversies, whether about natural science, or the interests of the people and places most affected by change? How much do we know about future scenarios for these sensitive regions, and how should we tell those stories today in a way that might change the future for the better? Is the future the next frontier for explorers and storytellers?

This free public event will explore these themes with contributions from climate modeller Tamsin Edwards (Open University), oceanographer Mark Brandon (Open University), Cambridge Polar Museum curator Charlotte Connelly, poet Nick Drake (author of Arctic-themed poem cycle 'The Farewell Glacier') and writer Tony White (Science Museum writer in residence and author of the Science Museum published climate change novel Shackleton's Man Goes South). Broadcaster and writer Dallas Campbell (presenter of BBC's Bang Goes the Theory and City in the Sky) will introduce and chair the event. It is co-organised by the University of Cambridge Polar Museum and The Mediating Change Group, which is based jointly at the Open University Geography Department and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 12th October: 10.00am and 11.15am

Wednesday 30th November: 10.00am and 11.15am

A different story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. One year olds and under are free.

Sessions last approximately 50 minutes.

Please book by emailing stating your child's full name and age.