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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.

Artwork: Topography I

Talk: Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Please note this event takes place at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Wednesday 11 July 2018
Doors open 18:15

Venue: Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, London

Join us for an exciting evening, featuring a talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. During the evening there will be tributes to polar pioneer and scientist Dr Charles Swithinbank, who passed away in 2014.

The event is being held at the Royal Geographical Society, and they will have some of their historic polar collections on display in the Foyle Reading Room to view before the lecture starts.

Doors open at 18.15 for a 19.00 start. There will be a pay bar available before and after the event.

See details of this event.

Book your tickets online.

FunLab

The Polar Museum @ The FunLab

The Big Weekend, Parker's Piece

Saturday 14 July, 12pm - 5pm

Find out how the amazing displays of colour at the North and South Poles work and make your own fluorescent 'Aurora' potion with the Polar Museum education team.

There will be activities from the British Science Association, Wellcome Genome Campus, the Sedgwick Museum and many more.

The University of Cambridge Museums will also be running activities in the Make and Create tent to launch the Summer at the Museums programme. Find out more.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Mon 16 July 2018, 10am & 11am

Now fully booked

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. The next theme is whales and canoes!

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

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival.
Children under 1 are free.

Book your child's place here for sessions on 16 July: 10am session, 11am session

Polar Play

Polar Play: Under 5s Drop In

Morning Session

Mon 30 July, 10am - 12pm

Now fully booked

Explore the Polar Museum with your little ones when it is closed to the public! There will be sensory play, crafts and books to read. This event is for under-5s and their carers only. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older siblings at this event.

To book a place, get your ticket here. Once you have booked your place you can drop in at any time between 10am & 12pm on the day.

Polar PlayPo

Polar Play: Under 5s Drop In

Afternoon Session

Mon 30 July, 2pm - 4pm

Due to popular demand for our Polar Play event we have organised a second afternoon session.

Explore the Polar Museum with your little ones when it is closed to the public! There will be sensory play, crafts and books to read. This event is for under-5s and their carers only. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older siblings at this event.

To book a place, get your ticket here. Once you have booked your place you can drop in at any time between 2pm & 4pm on the day.

painted ceiling of Antarctica

Teaching a Polar Project?

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

Wednesday 24th October 2018
11am-1pm

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 schools@spri.cam.ac.uk

Science Detectives

Science Detectives @ the University of Cambridge Museums

Sat 18 August 2018, 9.30am - 3pm

Calling all detectives in training! Join us for a day of science and problem solving at the University of Cambridge Museums. Hone your scientific skills in preparation for a forensic investigation at the Botanic Gardens in the afternoon.

Drop-off at the Museum of Zoology. Pick up at the Botanic Gardens. Sessions will be run by the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, the Polar Museum, the Sedgwick Museum, the Museum of Zoology and the Botanic Gardens.

Age restrictions/suitability: Event suitable for 8-11 year olds that have not yet started secondary school. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate younger or older siblings outside of this age range.

£10 per child - Booking required. Get your tickets here.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers - Summer Special

Mon 20 August 2018, 10am & 11am

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

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

This Summer Special is free of charge.

Book your child's place here for sessions on 20 August: 10am session, 11am session