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Education and Outreach at the Polar Museum

Education and Outreach at the Polar Museum

Book a group visit to the Museum

The Polar Museum is a relatively small gallery. In order to minimise risk and protect both our visitors and staff we have chosen to limit both opening hours and numbers in the museum gallery.

On Wednesdays, the Polar Museum although closed to the general public, will be open for pre-booked school group visits (one morning/one afternoon). Priority will be given to school groups who are visiting as part of a polar project. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021.

We will be offering virtually taught museum workshops online on Thursdays. These will be run a member of our education team and will be tailor made for your class/polar project. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021.

Book a self guided visit (Wednesdays) Book a virtual session (Thursdays)

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Services to groups

Our current services to groups are severely limited due to the difficult decisions that we have had to make regarding the welfare of our visitors and our staff. Their health and safety must come above all else and we do not want, inadvertently, to expose them to the risk of coronavirus.

  • On Wednesdays, the Polar Museum although closed to the general public, will be open for pre-booked school group visits (one morning/one afternoon). Priority will be given to school groups who are visiting as part of a polar project. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021. You will lead your group around the museum accompanied by a member of our education team. We are happy to lend you clipboards and pencils. Please check availability and complete an online booking request form then await confirmation and further information from our education team. There is a suggested donation of £1 per child for a class group visit to the Polar Museum.
  • Virtually Taught Museum sessions for school groups will be available on Thursdays until the end of 2021. Each session will last about 60 minutes and include a closer, privileged look at objects from our collections behind the scenes There will also be a real life story of exploration illustrated with items from our collections plus the opportunity for your students to ask questions. All taught sessions support the National Curriculum. Please check availability and make a booking request online and await confirmation and further information from our education team. There is a suggested donation of £1 per child for the virtual session.
  • Borrowing a Handling Collection can really help to bring polar education to life in the classroom. We can lend you polar storybags but have removed the polar clothing until further notice. Loans are for one week only and you will need to collect and return the handling collections to us. We will be offering limited availability so that we can quarantine collections between loans. Request a handling collection. Handling collections loans are free but we always welcome donations!
  • Training sessions for teachers. For further information on planning and delivering a polar project, please contact our education team schools@spri.cam.ac.uk and/or check out our online learning resources:
  • Our Museum Tours for adults are unavailable at the moment due to limited numbers in the museum gallery. We hope to resume tours from 2022 onwards. 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. Please keep checking the website for updates.
  • We hope to re-introduce taught workshops in the museum from 2022 onwards. Please keep checking the website for updates.

Key information for your visit

Admission We will be opening the Polar Museum for pre-booked school groups on Wednesdays (15th September- 15th December 2021). The Polar Museum is FREE, but donations are always welcome. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit any groups on other days. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021.
Group size Please note that the museum is small, so group size is limited to one school class per half day, plus accompanying adults. One class on a Wednesday morning and another class on Wednesday afternoon. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021.
Booking We will only be accepting groups on Wednesdays. Please check availability and make a booking request online and await confirmation and further information from our education team. This arrangement will last until the end of 2021.
Parking We have limited parking available on site for special access needs only, please contact us at least a week in advance to check availability. There are pay and display parking meters on Lensfield Road (free for blue badge holders).
Access The Museum is accessible by stairs at the front of the building from Lensfield Road and a ramp at the side doors next to the boat. 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 fully accessible 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 gift shop sells books, posters, pens, pencils, rubbers, etc.

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Location

The Museum is 10 minutes walking distance from both the station and city centre.

Other University of Cambridge Museums are within a short walking distance.

Contact us

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.