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Events & exhibitions


Protective Harbour - print by Pudlo Pudlat

Polar Encounters

18 September 2018 - 13 April 2019

Polar Encounters features 200 years of Arctic art by Inuit artists and European travellers to the far north, showing different interpretations of life at home, at camp and at sea.

Exhibition Curator, Charlotte Connelly says, "For the communities who have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years, the polar regions are homely, while for European explorers first encounters with the far north felt bleak and difficult. These different perspectives are revealed through the art on display, which spans 200 years and artists from a range of backgrounds."

Drop in for free, Tuesday - Saturday, 10-4.

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

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.