MEMPHIS -- The Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave., will feature a new exhibit, "Race to the End of the Earth," opening Feb. 8.

The exhibit follows the footsteps of two legendary explorers in one of the most stirring tales in the annals of Antarctic exploration, the contest to reach the South Pole.

The hands-on, interactive exhibit focuses on the challenges that the two -- Roald Amundsen on the Norwegian side and Robert Falcon Scott on the British -- faced as they undertook their separate 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.

Dioramas, photos, paintings, artifacts and more provide a rare look at the race. Highlights include clothing and equipment used by both crews during their journeys, life-sized models of portions of their base camps and a diorama featuring the largest penguin species alive today -- the Emperor Penguin.

Hands-on activities will help visitors of all ages understand what it would have been like to travel to the coldest place on Earth 100 years ago, as well as what it is like to conduct research there today.

Visitors can choose a character card featuring a member of one of the expeditionary teams and, while moving through the exhibit, find clues about the character's experiences on the way to the South Pole. With the aid of touch-screen exhibits, visitors can explore photographs, drawings and documents relating to the expeditions and the men who went south with Scott and Amundsen.

Museum exhibits are free to members and children younger than 2; $10 for kids ages 3-12, $15 for adults and $14 for seniors 60 and older. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information visit www.memphismuseums.org.

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