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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
Phone Number: +44 1947 601900
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Winner of the 2013 VisitEngland Gold Award for Excellence! Visit the house...

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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Would not have gone in if it had been £7 entry

However we where very lucky the day we went the local school children had taken over the running of the museum and it was free to enter, we did not jion a tour with them but we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

However we where very lucky the day we went the local school children had taken over the running of the museum and it was free to enter, we did not jion a tour with them but we found it very interesting

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Good layout, lots of interesting things to look at, informative labels, very unusual gift shop with huge range of fascinating books. Staff, who I should say are volunteers, pleasant but rather too busy chatting among themselves to serve me in the gift shop.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for review. We are delighted you enjoyed the Museum, and with your approval of the range of books in the shop. We can only apologize if we did not serve you as well as we should, and hope that will not deter you from visiting again when next in Whitby. Next year’s exhibition is another interesting one: ‘From... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We do like a good museum and are happy to pay for the privilege. We found the museum disjointed in layout, particularly lacking in basic information until you reach the later rooms. I ended up googling Cook's salient achievements half way round. Some fascinating corners of artifacts and info but the tour feels heavily focused on the house rather than... More 

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

We think you must have missed the timeline on the right hand side as you entered the first room, the Orientation room? It gives the salient points about Cook’s life and discoveries. The first room sets the scene, showing with maps of the period, what little was known about Australia and the Pacific before Cook set sail. The rest of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Five of us for under £15 was a decent entrance fee. An hour later I thought it was a bargain. Really well restored building. Fascinating exhibits and something to keep all of us interested and entertained. When you step back outside you look at the entrance and the docks slightly differently because you have a much better idea of how... More 

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you, Gary. You must have come in on a family ticket, and found that, with everyone interested, the Museum was truly educational for all ages. More 

West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Lots to take in and absorb, learnt so much more about the great man and explorer. Staff very informative and a great museum to visit. Will certainly look in a different light on Capt Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, visit to find out more .........

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You sum up the Museum very well! More 

Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

My wife and I visited the museum whilst on a 2 night visit to Whitby. I have an interest in offshore sailing so I found the details of Captain Cook's voyages most interesting. The set up at the Museum over 4 floors is well set out with lots to view. At £5 entrance each (seniors) this is well worth a... More 

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you, Colin, for your report. We are delighted you and your wife found so much to interest you, and we hope you will return when you have the chance. More 

Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Very interesting couple of hours can be spent here reading about the life and times of Captain James Cook.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Yes, it is good to plan a couple of hours for a visit. If you enter under Gift Aid you can come back for free any time in the next year. We are delighted you found much to interest you. More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It made a nice change to look at the historical side of a holiday to Whitby, I love history but the tour of a very small museum is rather expensive.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Nonetheless we believe you enjoyed your visit! You can pay £5.40 for a sandwich and a coffee on the railway. When it comes to food for mind and eye, is it too much to pay for a unique assemblage of original material about Britain’s greatest explorer? We are a not for profit charity which does not receive any regular public... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fascinating to find letters in Cook's own handwriting. If he is a hero to you - and he was a remarkable seaman, navigator, explorer and leader - you will be delighted to find intimate things which were part of his life. And some original sketches by the artists of the 3 voyages, Parkinson, Hodges and Webber. Also an actual cabinet... More 

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful review. It is wonderful to have the desk that traveled round the world with the botanist Johann Forster. We bought it from his family, and I expect you notice the statement of provenance which is displayed beside it. More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Visited the museum to find out more about this great man following travels to Canada, Alaska, New Zealand and Australia where there are testaments to Captain Cook - he seems to be more famous abroad than in the UK. The museum is quaint, and located in the house where James Cook served his apprenticeship in Whitby harbour. I found it... More 

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Museum is a serious study of Cook suitable for anyone, including children, who may be enthralled by his achievements. We get some astonishing results with quite young children. However, you would be right if you said it was not somewhere where children may be left to entertain themselves! The Museum has activities for children... More 

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