Science, exploration and life in extreme environments - visit the Polar Worlds gallery at the National Maritime Museum
The polar regions of our planet have been a focus for scientific enquiry and exploration for centuries. Today, more than ever, that work has the potential to affect us all.
The Polar Worlds gallery looks at the challenges of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and explores the impact of climate change on human lives.
See the most experienced of explorers being pushed to the extremes of human endurance, through the stories of heroic explorers including Scott and Shackleton.
Witness the moving human story behind these expeditions through examples of expedition clothing and food supplies, accompanied by extracts from explorers’ diaries.
Consider the cultural and environmental status of the Arctic and Antarctic regions in the world today, and what the future may hold for these important places.
Conservator Nora Meller explain how she cared for Captain Scott's shoes, which were found on his body in 1912 after the British explorer's tragic final expedition to the South Pole.
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Discover more about the Polar explorers, including Ernest Shackleton and his ship Endurance, and Sir John Franklin's Erebus & Terror expedition.