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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.

Little Explorers

Cambridge Ecofiction Book Group

Wednesday 29th January 2020. 3-5pm

The Cambridge Ecofiction Book Group will meet in the Polar Library on Weds 29th Jan, 3-5pm.

Free & open to all they will discuss 'Spilt Tooth' by Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk artist from Nunavut, which blends fiction, poetry, memoir & beautiful illustration.

'Tagaq's surreal meld of poetry and prose transmutes the Arctic's boundless beauty, intensity, and desolation into a wrenching contemporary mythology.' - The New Yorker

Find out more and book your place online.

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Twilight at the Polar Museum

Twilight at the Museums

Wednesday 19th February 2020, 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Join us in the Twilight as we bring alive historic pioneers of Antarctic discovery!

Meet Frank Debenham, the founder of the Scott Polar Research Institute, or Lois Jones, who led the first all-woman science team to Antarctica. Not to mention Captain Robert Falcon Scott himself and even some modern polar explorers!

This is part of our centenary programme of events to celebrate 100 years of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Drop in for free.

This year you can even get a delicious hot drink or snack from the Rural Coffee Project!

Find out about the other museums taking part in Twilight.

Ice on the Move

Ice on the Move

Tuesday 10 March, 6pm – 7.20pm

From slippery solids to liquid lakes, join Dr Neil Arnold for a whistlestop introduction to glaciers and ice sheets. There will be an optional 20 minute tour of the Polar Museum at the end.

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Find out about more events.

Book your place from 11am on Monday 10 February.
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Exhibition tea and talk: Walking on Thin Ice

Friday 13 March, 3pm – 3.45pm

Join us for a unique chance to hear from our museum team about our latest exhibition over a cup of tea! 'Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate' is a co-curated exhibition about climate change from views of twelve teenagers selected from around the UK to work directly with our polar researchers.

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Find out about more events.

Book your place from 11am on Monday 10 February.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers - Auroras

Tuesday 17 March 2020

10am – 11am & 11.15am – 12.15pm

Join us for a colourful story of the Northern Lights in this sensory story session for the under-5s with storyteller Marion Leeper. An experiment in each session.

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

This special science festival session is free of charge. Find out about Cambridge Science Festival.

Bookings open at 11am on Monday 10 February.

Book your place on the 10am session

Book your place on the 11.15am session

Family Day

Past and Present Science Day

Saturday 21 March, 10.30am- 3.30pm

Celebrating our centenary year, the Scott Polar Research Institute would like to welcome families to a day of science exploration. Get the chance to meet some of our intrepid polar scientists. Experiments and activities throughout the day.

Suitable for the whole family. Drop-in, for all ages.

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Find out about more events.

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Alumni Centenary Dinner

Saturday 18th April 2020

In celebration of our hundredth year, the Director and Staff of the Scott Polar Research Institute invite our alumni to attend a special Alumni Centenary Dinner.

Join us as we look back over the past 100 years, reunite with friends and colleagues, and celebrate the history of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Tickets for this special event cost £75, and are available to purchase online.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Tuesday 12 May 2020, 10am - 10.45am & 11am - 11.45am

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. This month we will explore the story of the Emperor's Egg.

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

£1.50 per child to be paid on arrival. Under 1s free.

Bookings open on 13 March.

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Tuesday 14 July 2020, 10am - 10.45am & 11am - 11.45am

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. This month we will explore whales and canoes!

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

£1.50 per child to be paid on arrival. Under 1s free.

Bookings open on 1 May.

Book 10am session

Book 11am session