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Education and Outreach at the Polar Museum

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Bookings

emphasis Check availability and make a booking request using our online application system.

We're fully booked for school workshops up until Easter 2017 but there are still some spaces for self-guided groups.

There will be a free training session for teachers on Wednesday 15th February and don't forget to check out our new learning resources.

Information on Language School visits is available.

Services to groups

We offer a range of services to groups:

  • Museum workshops for school groups: lasting between 1-2 hours, our museum education staff can run a workshop for your students. Museum workshops are usually run on Thursdays and Fridays only. A member of the education and outreach team will contact you to disucss the details and content of your visit.
  • A self-guided visit to the Polar Museum. You will lead your group around the museum. Please note that you will need to book the museum for a self-guided visit. We are happy to lend you clipboards and pencils. There is a museum trail which will be available to download shortly.
  • Our Museum Tour is only suitable for an adult group or special interest group. Please note that we charge £100 per group for a museum tour within our normal weekday opening hours. Additional charges may apply for tours outside office hours. Group size is usually limited to 20 adults.
  • Borrowing a Handling Collection can really help to bring polar education to life in the classroom. We can lend you polar clothing and/or storybags. Loans are for one week only and you will need to collect and return the handling collections to us.

Essential information

Admission FREE, but donations are always welcome.
Group size Please note that the museum is small, so group size is generally limited to 20 adults or one school class per half day, plus accompanying adults.
Booking Groups must book at least a week in advance using the online booking form. Children must be supervised at all times.
Parking There is limited minibus parking available on site, please contact us at least a week in advance to check availability.
Access The museum is accessible by lift through both the front and powered side doors. Please let us know in advance if someone in your group has special needs and we will do our best to cater for them.
Toilet There is a disabled toilet open to all visitors through the Museum's temporary exhibition gallery.
Lunch The Institute regrets that we do not have lunch facilities or room to hang bags and coats.
Photography Visitors are permitted to take photographs in the galleries for their personal, educational use only. Please see our photography policy for further details.
Shop The museum shop sells books, posters, pens, pencils, rubbers, etc.

Location

Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
Cambridge CB2 1ER

The Institute is 10 minutes walking distance from both the station and city centre. Other nearby attractions include the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Museum of Zoology, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the Botanic Gardens.

Contact details

Bookings for group visits to the museum or discuss our education and outreach programmes should be via the booking form above.

For other queries, to contact us directly please e-mail <schools@spri.cam.ac.uk>.

Resources for schools

Our learning resources are currently in development. Please contact <schools@spri.cam.ac.uk> if you would like to discuss a specific project.

The Scott Polar Research Institute library holds a wide range of books for children about polar regions (reference library only). The library is free to access and open on weekdays. Visit the library pages to find out more.