Frequently Asked Questions


- What do TAE and IGY stand for?
- Why is Scott Base painted green?
- How did Scott Base come to be located at
Pram Point?
- How cold, how warm and how windy is Scott Base?
- Is it true that the flagpole from Scott’s Discovery expedition (1901-04) is now at Scott Base?
- Where did the huskies come from and what
did they eat?
- What were the huskies used for and why
were they removed?
- What is the oldest building at Scott Base?
- How many people have visited Scott Base?
- Who has spent the most time for New Zealand
at Scott Base?
- Who decided on the name Scott Base?
- What is the largest and smallest number of people accommodated at Scott Base?
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What is the oldest building at Scott Base?

There are three original huts - the mess hut (or Hut A) and two small magnetic huts. The mess hut or TAE/IGY hut as it is now known, also included the leader’s room and the radio room. It is preserved as an historic monument under the Antarctic Treaty and is set up as a museum. It is also used as a quiet area where people can relax.