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Disability Resource Centre

Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Road,
Cambridge, CB2 1ER

Access Issues

Kate Gilbert
01223 336 540
01223 336 549

General Information

The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute holds a collection of artefacts, sculpture, paintings, drawings and photographs relating to the Artic and Antartic. Books, postcards, posters, and other items may be purchased from the Museum Shop. As well as the permanent exhibits, the museum regularly arranges special exhibitions and occasionally displays other items of particular interest.

Opening hours

10am–4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays. Entry free, and donations appreciated.


Lensfield Road, near the crossroads with Hills Road, East Road and Regent Street.


No public parking. The nearest multi-storey car park is Queen Anne. Disabled drivers can obtain a reserved parking space near the entrance to the institute by calling in advance.

Physical Access


Disabled lift to museum entrance. Manual doors into building. Low reception counter.

Number of floors

The main museum is located on the ground floor. The library, open to the public on prior arrangement, is located on the ground, first and second floors. The entrance on the first floor is accessible by lift.

Lifts and stairs

There is a lift to all floors of the building.


Disabled toilet located in the temporary exhibition gallery of the museum.

General access

  • The museum is all on the ground level, with plenty of space and smooth floors.
  • The library is accessible by lift, and there is plenty of space for sitting, reading and working.

Visual Impairments

Lighting is excellent. Lots of natural light through the windows; some spotlighting. Information on exhibits is large and clear (at least 16pt). Touch-readable and Braille information in lift.

Large print captions available on request. Magnification equipment is available in the library, including assistive software on two computers and a photocopier for text enlargement.

Hearing Impairments

  • Portable induction loop available at reception.
  • There is some traffic noise from Lensfield Road, especially during peak times. The school next door can also be noisy at breaktime.

Other Useful Information

  • Visits from schools and other groups are welcome, but please book in advance (telephone: 01223 336 562 email:

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Polar Museum. The DRC updates information as it is received. This page was last updated on 8 January 2013. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Polar Museum.