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to find museums in the country of your choice:
The Scott Polar Research Institute Museum
This is Britain's most important Polar museum. The fine range of material
on display includes artifacts from the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration,
including Captain Oates's sleeping bag and Worsley's chronometer, used
to navigate the James Caird during Shackleton's famous rescue
voyage. Other exhibits include paintings, drawings, photographs and
other materials from a wide variety of expeditions, all well labelled.
The ceiling of the main room is adorned with a twin frieze depicting
Arctic and Antarctic maps encircled with the names of famous explorers,
painted by Macdonald Gill in 1934. Specialist temporary art exhibitions
are hosted from time to time.
Public lectures are held on Saturday evenings in the Institute's own
lecture theatre. There are four lectures each during the Michaelmas
and Lent terms, and details of which are posted on this site. The museum
shop sells a variety of tasteful T-shirts, mugs, postcards, prints and
of course some very interesting books.
Open Tuesday to Friday 11.00-13.00, 14.00-16.00 and Saturday 12.00-16.00
Admission free to Museum and public lectures
Scott Polar Research Institute
Cambridge CB2 1ER
Tel: (+44) 01223 336540
The Oates Museum
Permanent exhibition devoted to the memory of Captain Lawrence Oates,
who perished tragically on the South Pole expedition led by Captain
Scott in 1912. He is immortalized in his last words: 'I am just going
outside. I may be some time.'
The exhibition includes relics from the expedition, a reconstruction
of the sleeping quarters on the Terra Nova, letters Oates wrote
to his mother and photographs by H.G. Ponting, the expedition's photographer.
There is also material depicting Oates' family life and army career.
Further exhibits commemorate the life of his uncle Frank Oates, Victorian
explorer, and Gilbert White, renown author of The Natural History
of Selbourne. This joint exhibition was made possible by R.W. Oates
who purchased White's own house for the museum; today the museum is
maintained by a charitable trust dependent entirely on public support.
Fundraising is currently underway for the restoration of the house;
parts of the museum will be closed for some time, so visitors should
telephone first to avoid disappointment. Anyone wishing to make a donation
to this important museum should contact the Curator.
Open daily 11.00-16.00
Admission free to children, Adults £6.50
Gilbert White's House and The Oates Museum
Selborne Hill, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3BN
Tel: (+44) 01420 511517
Cook in the Antarctic
This year the Captain Cook Memorial Museum has refurbished and extended
its premises and together with assistance from the UK Antarctic Heritage
Trust has created a new room devoted to Cook's exploits in Antarctica.
Open March to October
Admission £3.00 Adults, £2.50 Concessions, £2.00 Child,
£8.50 Family ticket; School parties £1.50 per child and
teachers and coach driver free, bookable in advance
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BE
Tel: (+44) 01947 601900
The Fram Museum
The Norwegian polar exploration ship Fram was built for Nansen's
1893 expedition in the Arctic. Sverdrup sailed her to the Arctic again
in 1898, and in 1910 Amundsen used the ship for his South Pole voyage.
Fram now is landlocked in this splendid museum; visitors are
able to board the ship and wander around the deck and down to the cabins,
lounges, mess room, cargo hold and engine room.
Bydgøynes, N-0286 Oslo
Tel: (+47) 22 43 83 70
This superb museum is housed in an1830 traditional wooden wharfside
building, which itself creates a special atmosphere and is protected
by preservation orders. The permanent exhibition is beautifully displayed
through eight rooms, covering trapping in the Arctic, Svalbard in the
16th and 17th centuries, seal, walrus and polar bear hunting, Nansen
and of course Amundsen. There are several stuffed animals including
a husky team, a small trapper's hut and a reconstructed ship's cabin
- and even a polar bear's massive heart! Children and adults alike will
be enthralled. Temporary exhibitions are presented at regular intervals
on the gorund floor, and the meeting room on the first floor is used
regularly for a variety of events and may be hired for private functions.
Polarmuseet i Tromsø
Søndre Tollbugate 11, Postboks 900, 9259 Tromsø
Tel: (+47) 77 68 43 73
An information and experience centre for the whole family dedicated
to the polar regions. The design of this modern purpose-built museum
is based on ice floes pressed against the shore. In the theatre the
panoramic film Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness promises a unique
experience. Moving on from here the Arctic Walkway recreates an arctic
landscape with a blazing snow storm in the polar night before taking
you across the Arctic Ocean with the northern lights flickering in the
dark sky. Live seals and fish in the aquarium with its viewing tunnel
and 'touch pool'. Moored outside the museum is the polar vessle Polstjerna.
Hjalmar Johansensgt. 12, 9296 Tromsø
Tel: (+47) 77 75 01 11
Sea Ice Exhibition Centre
In 2006 a new Sea Ice Exhibition Centre was opened in Blönduós,
Iceland. Author of text displayed was Dr Thor Edward Jakobsson, sea
ice specialist and meteorologist in Reykjavik.
The beautifully presented display is housed in the oldest wooden building
in Iceland, known as Hillebrandt’s House, which itself has a long
and interesting history. The exhibition comprises posters, photographs
and artifacts relating to the Arctic. Subjects covered range from explaining
what sea ice actually is, weather aspects, East Greenland and the king
of the Arctic, the polar bear.
Blönduós was chosen as the most appropriate location because
it sits on the edge of Huna Bay in the north-west of Iceland where sea
ice is most commonly found. This resourceful island population has often
in the past had to adapt to the difficulties of blocked sailing routes
and restricted access to fishing areas for several months of the year.
Open 11.00-16.00 daily during the summer, closed in winter
Hafíssetrið – Sea Ice Exhibition Centre
Tel: (+345) 452 4848