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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

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Science Centre Pop Up @ The Polar Museum

Tuesday 14 February

10.30am - 3.30pm

Come and get hands-on with Cambridge Science Centre this half term at The Polar Museum! We'll be at the museum with some fun, space themed activities and experiments. Find out how you keep warm, whether in space or on Earth! Can you identify a meteorite? Plus, get crafty and make a rainbow bracelet to take home.

Drop in activities for families throughout the day.

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Teaching a Polar Project?

FREE session suitable for teachers of KS1, KS2 or KS3 classes.

Wednesday 15th February 2017


Are you looking for activity ideas and inspiration for your polar project? We can help with resources, information, multi-disciplinary ideas, handling collections and activities for your classroom.

This session would also benefit teachers who have booked a self-guided visit to the Polar Museum.

For more information or to book a place please contact


Twilight at The Polar Museum

Wednesday 15th February 2017

4.30pm - 7.30pm

Experience the darkness of a polar winter.

Explore the gallery at the Polar Museum; what will you hear? What will you see? Who will you meet?

Drop-in activity for families. Please be warned that there can be large queues. This year there will also be a cafe open just next to us in the Chemistry Department so you can keep warm with a nice hot drink!

Find out what is going on at some of the other University of Cambridge Museums!

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers - Wandering Rocks

Wednesday 15 March

10am – 11am & 11.15 – 12.15am

Dive below the polar surface in search of rocks, fossils and other natural objects in this sensory story session for the under-5s with storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book places my emailing with your child's full name and age.

This special Science Festival session is free of charge.


Polar Science - 'Back to Nature'Activity Day

Saturday 18 March

10.30am- 3.30pm

Explore the wonders of Nature at the Poles! Penguins, plants and colour changing skies, all at our Polar science activity day! There will be range of drop in activities for ages 3+.

Now joining us for the day - Science Centre Pop Up!


In the pink: why penguin poo is extremely interesting

Thursday 23rd March

6pm – 7pm

Gareth Rees is part of a team from the Scott Polar Research Institute and the British Antarctic Survey, developing new ways of counting penguins from space. In this talk he will explain how, where and why he and his student became world experts in the colour of penguin poo and what this might tell us about climate change.

For ages 15+. Book your free ticket.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 17 May & 5 July

10am – 10.45am & 11.15 - 12pm

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

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

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