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Museum events

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.

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Operation Deep Freeze

You can enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our next exhibition, Operation Deep Freeze, before its official opening in October.

Join the Polar Museum's Exhibition Officer Bryan Lintott for a tour of the exhibition, and discover the technology that went into establishing the first American Antarctic base in the 1950s through the work of artists on the team.

Tuesday 27 September 6pm. It's free, book at:



Comedy at the Polar Museum Fresh from the Edinburgh fringe, hilarious comedy improv group Do Not Adjust Your Stage bring 'Wunderkammer' to the Polar Museum.

Discover intriguing objects from our collection, then watch on as the group create totally improvised comedy, scenes, stories and characters in response.

29 September 7.00pm-9.00pm


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.

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Museum Escape: The Polar Domes

Tuesday 25 October and Thursday 17 November, Slots at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm

Back due to popular demand - Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum brings you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room before you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

Bookings begin September 26th. To make a booking enquiry, please email

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Data Floes

Hear artists and scientists talk about how they have used climate and environmental data sets to explore issues around the communication of science.

Our event showcases work by artists, composers and scientists who share a desire to enable a different kind of access to knowledge, an access that is direct and unmediated and that acts as a gateway to understanding.

20 October, 7.00pm. Book at: from Sept 26th.

Family Activity Day

'Movement' is the theme for the Festival of Ideas 2016. See how extinct giant penguins and tyrannasaurs moved through Antarctica millions of years ago when it's climate was less harsh. And try out how scientists and explorers have moved through the ice in more recent times.

Saturday October 29th, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

No need to book, just drop in and join us.