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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

My son wanted to visit here, so we all tootled along, to a tiny looking museum, expecting to be done in 10-20 minutes. We were wrong. This museum is like the tardis and is packed with really interesting information. I was pleasantly surprised by how...More

1  Thank Laura G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a wet and windy day in Whitby so i took a break and went to this Museum. Though i have heard of Cook i didn't really know about his life, this small museum changed that and i must say i admire what that...More

1  Thank Scott C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I wanted to check this place out on our first trip to Whitby - so we visited in the morning before lunchtime thinking it was going to be a quick visit. There's definitely more than meets the eye to this wonderful little...More

Thank EDuncan03
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit in Whitby to get some captain cook facts.Set over a number of floors with a variety of rooms,each has some great facts and artefacts.Take your mind on a trip to the past and read up on a great briton.

Thank tn1para
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Kiwi it was fantastic to see where the Englishman who went on to map our country began his seafaring career. It is beautifully maintained and the guides are extremely knowledgeable about their subject. The exhibits are beautifully presented and the explanations are comprehensive...More

Thank Kiwi_Cath
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit, there was so much to fascinate us we stayed until closing time. The carefully displayed items really gave an insight into Cook's life and the conditions faced at sea in those days. The house itself was beautifully presented and it...More

Thank GardeningSuey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this museum very informative and interesting that it is situated in the place where captain Cook did his apprenticeship. Staff are informative and also it has a different exhibition every year in the attic. Also if you are a UK tax payer and sign...More

1  Thank Naomi S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum offers a fascinating glimpse into life in Whitby in the eighteenth century, as the owner of the house, Capt John Walker, had his young apprentices including James Cook living here. The museum stretches up all the Floors of the house, very interesting if...More

Thank Ankalima
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. An eclectic collection? Yes, we are lucky to have so much, with Cook material so highly prized and scattered all over the world.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The information in this museum in fascinating. It is over three floors and very well laid out and easy to follow the route round. The staff were very helpful and interesting to listen to. There is an activity trail for children which is very helpful...More

Thank winset1
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are delighted you found the Children’s Activity Trail helpful and hope your children enjoyed it.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were surprised to see how much was packed into this little museum -- fascinating details on Captain Cook, naval history, astronomy, botany, art, lifestyles of people at the time...

Thank sophia818
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The story of Captain Cook is such a huge subject, and our scope is wide, but always relevant.

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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

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