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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.

poetry pack

Come in and try our new Polar Poetry Pack

Fun for all ages and the whole family!

From Tuesday 17 February 2015

From half term children, families and budding poets will be able to enjoy a new resource at the Polar Museum. The Poetry Pack is specially designed to help you write poems in response to the unusual objects you will find around the museum. You will be equipped with a back pack, snow goggles, and all the equipment you will need to create your own Polar Poetry expedition. Do send us your finished poems or leave them in the poetry box in the museum and we will upload them to our Polar Muse website for all to enjoy.

Creative Cabaret

Creative Cabaret

Friday 6 March 2015, 7.45pm - 10.30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Location: The University Centre

Come along to Creative Cabaret – a magical evening of mixed performance art forms, served with drinks and food at tables. The Polar Museum's Rosie Amos will be taking a star role talking about the science of climate change and tonic water. Also on the bill: a fantastic young comedian, beautiful poetry, satirical mermaids, and 'unremittingly gorgeous' music of acoustic band Subzar, set to film. Book today at

Woman in Antarctica

Tales from the Poles: Women in Antarctica

A Panel Discussion

Tuesday 10 March, 6pm – 7.30pm

In the great white wildness, Antarctica is a place of legend. Hear stories from the field from expert scientists from the British Antarctic Survey with a female perspective.

18+, Bookable here.

Late Night Opening

Tuesday 10 March, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The panel discussion will be followed by a late night opening of the Polar Museum where you can meet and talk to female polar scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute and the British Antarctic Survey whilst browsing the museum with a glass of wine in tow!

No booking required for late night opening. You can attend this without attending the Panel Discussion.


Look in to the Polar Light: Family Day

Saturday 14 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Brought to you by the British Antarctic Survey and the Polar Museum:

How do the Northern lights work? Why do birds migrate with the light? And how do plants in the ocean store up a greenhouse gas? Find out at our family drop in day.

Including the Pop-up Zoology Museum!

All ages, drop in activities, so no booking required.

museum escape

Museum Escape: The Polar Domes

Tuesday 17 March, 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 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.

To make a booking enquiry, please email

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

25 March 2015, 10am – 11am

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Please book by emailing stating your child's full name and age. Places cost £3 per child payable on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Under 5s only.

Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton's Cat

A new interactive opera for children aged 7-11 and their families

29th May 2015, 2pm and 30th May 2015, 11.30am & 2pm

English Touring Opera are delighted to be performing their engaging new children's opera at the Polar Museum this May half term. Featuring nine performers including singers and players, Shackleton's Cat tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs and a puppet cat.

Shackleton's Cat is created by ETO's award-winning team: composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer and director Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden, with thanks to the Scott Polar Research Institute for historic information and resources.

Tickets: £5 adults, £4 children. Running time: 1 hour


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