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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
+44 1947 601900
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Winner of the 2013 VisitEngland Gold Award for Excellence! Visit the house where the James Cook came to serve his seaman's apprenticeship. The handsome 17th century house on the harbour belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker shipowner, John Walker. It was here in the attic that the family lodged thier apprentices when not at sea serving the London coal trade.The Museum's rich collection celebrates Cook's achievements and the work of those who sailed with him - sailors, scientists and artists.See letters in Cook's own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands.Special Exhibition for 2014 - 'Australian Encounters! Charting a Continent'. Cook and his successors completed the chart of the continentss coastline and marvelled at the strange new creatures they saw - 'unlike anything encountered before!'.
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Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
+44 1947 601900
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found it really interesting reading about Captain Cook and seeing the artefacts in the Museum. The old maps and the paintings that were drawn during the voyages were remarkable. Enjoyed by three generations of my family.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on a day out to Whitby , lovely little museum dedicated to Captain cook , I vaguely remember learning about him at school , was nice to see some of the things he discovered and learn about his life , The museum...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

As Aussies we definitely had to have this one on our list however we were slightly disappointed in this museum. The staff were so enthusiastic though and very helpful.

Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely look round today during the rain The staff were really friendly, informative and helpful. My eldest enjoyed the trail sheet he was given and my 2 year old enjoyed playing with the ship's log. Thank you to the guide who let him.

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ducked into the very reasonably priced Captain Cook's Memorial Museum initially to escape a Whitby deluge, but found ourselves very glad that we visited. The museum is very well maintained and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The exhibits consist of a number of...More

Thank Rose N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Lady on the desk, lovely to chat to and she gave us a few heads up about Whitby in general!.. we took our time perusing this fantastic beautiful historic house. Absorbing the history and reading and looking at the artefacts on display. You think...More

Thank Diane G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating little museum which deals with Cook's life right from his start and Whitby and is packed with exhibits from his various voyages - understandably there are a few photocopied documents in there too, but a great range of original items and documents from Cook's...More

Thank jp101625
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been an avid fan of Captain Cook, growing up reading about his adventures in the distant seas. It is really wonderful that a museum is dedicated to him, More so especially since the building is in the same building he stayed in as...More

Thank penangnite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought I knew about Captain Cook and then I came here. Very educational plus really helpful staff who know their subject, particularly the man upstairs who told us about Cook's contribution to the history of Australia. I never even knew the Dutch got there...More

Thank Colin A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum that backs onto the harbour, within easy reach of bus and train station, and away from the throng on the harbour itself. The museum had a special exhibition of the trip made after Cook's death to complete his mission to...More

Thank Jacqueline L
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2 September 2016|
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Response from Maria A | Property representative |
Wheelchair users now have access to the ground floor and to the first floor via a specially installed lift. A DVD of the upper floor and the attic is available to view while at the museum, which shows the Artists and... More
22 May 2016|
Response from Maria A | Property representative |
I am afraid we only allow Guide dogs. We do have a courtyard where , if visiting in a group, one of you could wait with the dog. Although I must admit it might be too long a wait. The visit can take from 1.5 to 2... More