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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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“his life” (33 reviews)
“several floors” (11 reviews)
“attic room” (10 reviews)
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Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
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+44 1947 601900
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really nice little museum that deserve much more publicity and credit than it gets. It's a little tucked away, but well worth the find. Packed with history on when Cook actually stayed in the very building. Well worth the admission fee and more.

Thank MarkM1964
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with my wife, sister-in-law, and niece. This is a fascinating museum that not only delves into the life of Thomas Cook but also gives a look into the lives and training of seamen of long ago. The staff was very helpful and informative when...More

Thank Lotsa P
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my wife and six year old son, and enjoyed it. My son is very much into ships and sailors at the moment, his inspiration coming from Captain Haddock in the TinTin series so he was enthralled by the lot of it. Not...More

Thank MJY79
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are delighted your son enjoyed it so much. Thanks to Captain Haddock!

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Much better than expected, very very interesting and applicable exhibits. Kids loved it and I learned a lot.

Thank jonathan r
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It’s a great pleasure when a whole family enjoys their visit as yours did.

Reviewed 28 October 2017

Fascinating place, lots of good information about Captain Cook and his travels. Volunteer staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly.More

1  Thank icegirluk
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We hope you visit again. The special exhibition in the attic changes every year. Next year it will be ‘Whitby in the time of Cook, the making of a great seaman’. Next year is the 250th anniversary of Cook’s departure from Britain on the First...More

Reviewed 27 October 2017

Based in the harbour side home that Britain's greatest explorer served his apprenticeship. Ironically for a famous seaman, my wife described the museum as 'a bit dry' - which I partly agree with. There was some fascinating titbits and oddities but I felt the museum...More

1  Thank Sahloff79
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We think you would have preferred a simpler presentation? However we do not ‘dumb down’. There is a timeline in the first room which gives the basics of Cook’s life and its context. The maps show the state of knowledge of the Pacific, or lack...More

Reviewed 8 October 2017

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
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are very pleased you enjoyed it. Like the tardis? Now that’s an idea.

Reviewed 8 October 2017

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
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It does not really matter if someone knows only little about Cook. The great thing is if we can give a sense of his achievements, and the vitality of the Britain that sent him.

Reviewed 7 October 2017

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

1  Thank EDuncan03
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It’s great when we ‘exceed expectations’, to use trade jargon. Perhaps we should give kiddies activity sheets to all adults and see what happens? .

Reviewed 6 October 2017

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
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Cook was and remains a real inspiration.

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JustMe1981
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
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Wellie1970
22 May 2016|
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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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