A Post Office in Antarctica? You Betcha!

Yes, there is a Post office in Antarctica at Port Lockroy

It seems that everyone is trying to lay claim to the continent of Antarctica.

We were told that Chile sent a newlywed couple to conceive a child in Antarctica in 1978 to legitimize their claim to the continent. Argentina was not impressed by this event so they sent a pregnant woman to give birth to her child in Antarctica, thus being the first citizen of the seventh continent. So, what did the British do to make their claim stronger?

They opened a post office of course.

Post Cards on Display in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

The babies were already born, so a governmental body made sense to be the next natural progression.

mailing a post card from Antarctica

People swarm to Port Lockroy to send a post card home to their loved ones and explore the museum which used to be an old British Outpost.

Port Lockroy Museum in Antarctica

It is also a museum set up exactly as it was during the hey day of Port Lockroy.

port lockroy museum antarctica

The base is now an historic site for people to explore and get a glimpse as to what life was like for researchers and whalers living in Antarctica during the 1940's to the 1960's.

kitchen in Port Lockroy Museum Antarctica

The kitchen was left as is, there are bunks and barracks and even the old radio room is in tact.

radio at research station of Antarctica

The researchers kept their favourite movie stars and bombshells close to their hearts and painted their images on the walls.

It's also home to a penguin colony who decided to join the researchers after they arrived.

penguin looking at photographer in Antarctica

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