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Events & exhibitions


Operation Deep Freeze - smashing through the ice

Dick Laws: Antarctic Scientist and Artist, A retrospective

1 March 2017 - 25 March 2017

Dick Laws (1926-2014) was the leading marine mammal scientist of his generation, working in the Antarctic to develop new techniques and approaches to population studies of seals and whales. After pioneering similar approaches with large mammals in Africa he returned to the UK as Head of Life Sciences, then Director, of the British Antarctic Survey. As well as his scientific credentials, Dick Laws was also a very fine self-taught artist. This exhibition seeks to illustrate the progressive development of his art and its two main applications, first in providing technical illustrations for his scientific publications, and second as a recreational hobby.

Frozen Worlds

Frozen Worlds: Hands-on Exhibition for Families

with The Cambridge Science Centre

Wednesday 5 April – Monday 17 April

10am- 4pm each day

Join The Cambridge Science Centre on location as they bring the wonders of Space to The Polar Museum! Explore the Frozen Worlds of our Solar System with this collaborative hands-on exhibition for the whole family to enjoy this Easter holiday!

Special displays

These small displays give us the opportunity to show off parts of our collection that are not often seen. They vary in size from a single object to a whole showcase.


Shackleton: Life and Leadership

Until 22 December 2017

To mark the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition, 1914–17, The Polar Museum has unveiled a redesigned and expanded display in its permanent galleries covering Shackleton's life and career.

The re-worked displays explore the life of the young merchant sailor who went on to achieve fame as one of the great Antarctic explorers. He was knighted, received the Polar Medal with three clasps and the Royal Geographical Society's special Gold Medal. Thirteen other nations honoured him with a total of 27 awards. The exhibition examines his leadership in braving the extreme challenges of the Antarctic.