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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 2 weeks ago

An interesting little museum, liked the view from the attic and learning about Captain Cook but there was a lot to read and it got tedious after a while. Good value admission charge, definitely worth a visit.

Thank Charlotte B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a spare hour or so at the end of the day and were pleased we visited. The museum is located on the east side of the harbour, across the bridge and signposted along a side street. It has great views of the harbour...More

1  Thank JCBShipley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many Captain Cook artifacts. What is has going for it though is the maritime history of that era. You won't find whizzy interactive exhibits & I'm not sure if it would hold children's attentions as there is a lot of static displays & lot's...More

Thank Hameldaeme
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited captain cook museum in whitby. Found it to be very interesting. Really lovely place to see. Well worth the visit and excellent value for money.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of stairs and lots of small printed details on pictures and documents . the curator up stairs was very knowledgeable .

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly approachable and knowledgeable staff. Very accommodating of my disability. A wonderful collection of items showing the life and experiences of some pretty exceptional people. I'm such a beautiful setting and a building just brimming with history. Well worth a visit as is reasonably...More

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

29 years ago I had to miss seeing this lovely museum as my teenage children were not into boring Museums. Interestingly Sydney Observatory has a big section on James Cook`s exploration of the east coast of Australia, circumnavigation of New Zealand and the transit of...More

Thank DAVIDMS20050
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very popular place to visit, notable how many Aussies were there when we visited. Interesting and knowledgeable guide on duty to fill in some stories. Original house with the attic area open to all and the layout of the tour was easy to digest.

Thank NorthWalesSam
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this review. We welcome many from New Zealand and Canada too.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum has special exhibitions in the Attic where Cook once slept whilst he was an apprentice in Whitby. In June 2017 the focus was on Cook's lesser known visits to Indonesia and Asia. The museum being in the same house as Cook lived as...More

Thank RAW1966
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. ‘Kamchatka to Krakatoa. The Cook Voyages in Asia’ is on till end of our season in November. As usual our special exhibition has loans from other institutions, for example, reindeer skin clothing and a lovely ceramic group showing a European...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during a special exhibition about Cook's travels to the near and far east, this was on the upper floors but the standard artefacts and history are very interesting, not only showing all of Cook's voyages but you can also gain an idea of...More

Thank JasperTravels2
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The furnishings all follow an inventory of 1755, the year Cook left for the Royal Navy. If you spotted the baby chair in the dining room, there was a baby chair like it, there in 1755.

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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
21 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