11 April, 2007

The Natural History Museum, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will host Ice Station Antarctica, one of the highlights of the UK’s involvement in International Polar Year (2007/8). This unmissable new hands-on exhibition gives visitors the chance to become a fully fledged Antarctic expert.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote place on Earth. It takes an amazing person to work there. Visitors are challenged to survive the extreme conditions faced by scientists researching this fragile continent at, Ice Station Antarctica which opens 25 May 2007.


25 May 2007 – 6 April 2008

Do you have what it takes to survive the coldest, windiest and most remote place on Earth?

Ice Station Antarctica is looking for ice cadets willing to brave freezing temperatures, 24-hour darkness, a scary snowmobile ride and life in a stinking penguin colony…

Are you up for the challenge? Visit the Ice Station Antarctica exhibition to find out!

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Enlist as an ice cadet and under the guidance of the Ice Station Commander brave a variety of exciting Antarctic challenges, from coping in sub-zero temperatures to riding a snowmobile. Explore the skills it takes to work in and preserve this frozen wilderness as you journey through the Ice Station Antarctica experience. A series of mini-environments help you learn about and explore this unique continent including:

Get out in the ‘field’ – experience camping in a tent, where scientists have to melt ice for cooking and washing, and use basic toilet facilities for days on end.

Have lunch in the dark – glimpse the 24-hour darkness winter residents have to cope with

Hold your nose – try the sights and smells of working in a penguin colony

Dress up – try walking in multiple layers of special Antarctic clothing

Visitor information:

Opening hours: 10.00-17.50

Admission: £7, £4.50 concessions, £19 family (up to five, minimum one adult, maximum two). FREE for Members, Patrons and children aged three and under.

Booking (from 11 April 2007): www.nhm.ac.uk/ice-station-antarctica

(a transaction fee applies on all advance tickets)