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Examining why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic, it also focuses on how Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.

The exhibition, which opens just weeks after the discovery of one of Sir John Franklin's lost ships, displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole's most famous resident - Santa.

The exhibition, which offers free entry, runs until March 29.