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James Cook Museum

50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.
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  • Average2%
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50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place for a history enthusiast. It was well presented very clear and comprehensive.

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this a very good museum explaining Cook's journey and tribulations in this area. Allow plenty of time here to read the displays fully. Adjoining this museum is another museum displaying the areas history. Once again allow yourself time to fully enjoy.

Thank Takeiteasytheworld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Capt James Cook, well I don't have to tell anyone who he really is, we all know what he did back in 1700's. so pop into the museum it is worth a visit. This place is informative and dripping in history all housed in a...More

Thank Colin V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum housed in a heritage1898 former convent with a stunning modern new extension at the rear - a clever blend of old and new. The original cannon and anchor plus other artefacts from The Endeavour are housed here. There are many...More

Thank Ireen L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cooktown is an historic town with more to do then first thought. The town is scenically beautiful Grassy Hill is one of the best lookouts in Queensland. The James Cook. museum is very well done and has the actual anchor from Cook's ship, Endeavour. There...More

Thank Dianeh2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Informative and dripping in wonderful history about Captain Cook and Cooktown. Loved the building which was extremely well maintained. A lovely hour and a half out.

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Housed in the former school and convent established by the Sisters of Mercy in the 1880s, the museum further widened my already wide eyes. The building itself was saved from demolition in 1969 and a rapid restoration allowed its opening by Queen Elizabeth in April...More

Thank KatetheGreat48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You must visit this museum. The history of the area and Australia is amazing. Seeing the anchor from Cook's Endeavour was just incredible.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I could've spent hours going through all the exhibits, especially upstairs. Very informative captions to most of the displays and there's even more material stored in large drawers that are worth a look through. Explaining historical events (e.g. Cook at Endeavour river, Battle Camp, etc)...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My mother inlaw and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. It was very interesting. There is a lot of reading which I found my 2 kids got bored with very quickly. I feel more interactive things would bring a larger crowd in.

Thank kbanne
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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
OPEN: Low Season : October to April inclusive 9am-4pm – Tuesday to Saturday High Season : May to September 9am-4pm – Daily CLOSED: Sunday and Monday. Public Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day... More
Wayne D
8 May 2016|
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Response from Carmen T | Reviewed this property |
It's 327 K's and an interesting drive