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Events & exhibitions


Operation Deep Freeze - smashing through the ice

Operation Deep Freeze

20 September 2016 - 16 December 2016

With the Cold War rumbling in the background, America set out to build Antarctica's most ambitious bases for science. Through artwork and photography, this exhibition explores the perilous journey south undertaken by 1,800 men with 9,000 tons of supplies, and their race against time to get the bases built before the harsh Antarctic winter set in.

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.