Arriving in the Arctic soon after the first polar explorers, Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists have been investigating the people and wildlife of the Arctic regions for more than a century. Early expeditions were harrowing adventures – tentative steps into an alien landscape rife with cold, darkness, and isolation.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History expeditions have revealed much about the past, present, and future of the Arctic. A century's worth of collecting has created a repository of the Arctic at the Museum for scientific research. This knowledge has resulted in publications and Museum exhibitions that familiarize the public with one of the worlds' last frontiers.

The geographic range of Carnegie Museum of Natural History research stretches from southern Hudson Bay to Ellesmere Island in the high Arctic to the Mackenzie Delta and Holman Island in the western Canadian Arctic. With the aid of the Inuit people, these numerous expeditions have changed the way we think about the Arctic and its inhabitants. Needle to the North is the introductory exhibition for Polar World: Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, highlighting some of those remarkable explorers and their discoveries "in their own words."

Choose a geographic area below to begin exploring the Arctic alongside Carnegie Museum of Natural History's historic adventurers!

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