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From Military Operation to Tourist Attraction: The History of the Penguin Post Office

Peter Gale

Historic photo of Bransfield House, the building that currently houses Port Lockroy’s post office and museum. (Photo Credit: Peter Gale)


Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Pensinsula is home to 3,000 gentoo penguins and Antarctica’s most-visited tourist attraction, a unique British post office known informally as the ‘Penguin Post Office’. However, it wasn’t always this way. The port has at various times been a center for whaling, a military base and a scientific research facility. Click on the yellow nodes of the timeline below to find out more about Port Lockroy’s colorful past and the origin of the ‘Penguin Post Office’.





Port Lockroy information sheet
Email correspondence with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.


Developer – Brian Santalone
Producer – Eric R. Olson

Special thanks to Lisa Avis of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust AHT logo new