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Museum events

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.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers – Volcanoes!

Monday 12 March, 10am – 11am & 11.15 – 12.15am


Join us for an explosive story of volcanoes in Antarctica! Touch and feel volcanic rocks 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. Bookings open from 12 February.

This special science session is free of charge.

A taste of the Polar Regions

A Taste of the Polar Regions

Monday 12 March 2018, 6pm - 8pm


Ever wondered what there is to eat at the South Pole? Find out how polar explorers survived on rations and try some yourself! An evening of pop-up talks, tastings and activities with the first official tasting of a 100 year old sample of Sandow's Cocoa. With talks from Lesley Steinitz from the faculty of history and the great-grandson of Eugen Sandow.

For ages 15+. Book here from 12 February.

Ice Sculpture

A Polar Sensory Adventure - Family Day

Saturday 24 March, 10.30am- 3.30pm

Join us for a polar sensory adventure at our polar science family day! Object handling, experiments and a chance to see colour in a whole different light.

Try your hand at ice carving and view Stasis, a large-scale sculpture in ice and steel by sculptor Melissa Pierce Murray. Not forgetting our whale song workshops at 10.30am & 12pm with marine ecologist Annette Scheffer (30 min sessions).

Suitable for the whole family. Drop-in activities, no booking required.

Shackleton's Cat Opera

Shackleton's Cat - Children's Opera

Saturday 21 April, 10.30am & 2pm

Shackleton's Cat returns in 2018, as part of English Touring Opera's award-winning strand of operas for young people. The opera features nine performers, including singers and players, and 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!

The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for children aged 7-11 and their families. Purchase tickets here.