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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
+44 1947 601900
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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“attic room” (8 reviews)
Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
+44 1947 601900
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A wonderful museum in delightful house where Captain Cook did his apprenticeship. Amazing range of exhibits. Brought history to life.

Thank RuthfromEssex
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is important to understand that the museum is situated in an eighteenth century ship owners house. This constrains the size of the exhibits but at the same time lends tremendous context. I found it fascinating and, although I knew a good deal about Cook...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a pretty good museum, full of many artefacts from travels, paintings and stories about Captain Cook, his wife and friends. There is also a good informative video in the very beginning of the visit and it helps to understand the time and the...More

Thank niki101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a very informative and interesting couple of hours in this museum. Learnt an awful lot about Captain Cook, his life, family, colleagues and difficulties faced on his voyages! Was surprised to learn of the gruesome way he died too!

Thank 334joy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum contains the definitive collection of James Cook-related artefacts from his travels and scholarly researches into his life and achievements. It also has interactive displays for young people. Group visits are welcomed and pre-booked guides will explain the exhibits and tell the story. Entrance...More

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

Steve, thank you. We would not claim to have the definitive collection of Cook related artifacts. There are also superb collections at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, London, and in museums in Australia. On the other hand much of our material is original, and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the captain cook museum was really interesting full of facts well worth a visit lots of interesting facts and lots of rooms to look at also the video you can see which lasts about 20 minutes is worth watching for all the facts about the...More

Thank paul-C2519
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The paintings, letters and other objects in the museum give insights into Cook’s life, and the world as it was in his day, in ways a book cannot do.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is staffed by volounteers who are very helpful by pointing out and describing items of particular interest. Original letters written by Captain Cook to other members and sponsors of his explorations.More

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

We are glad you enjoyed the letters. I expect you noted the letter to Cook’s former master, Captain John Walker after the First Voyage, and also the letter to Captain Hammond of Hull to assure him that Resolution recently purchased by the Navy had come...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Spent a lovely peaceful hour in this beautiful house this morning, really interesting stories and artifacts, gorgeously recreated panelled rooms, lovely views from the windows, well worth the time to visit

Thank annetteuk10
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Annette, thank you. The soft paint colours in the period rooms downstairs are taken from scrapings of the original 18th century paints found on the walls. The Museum has been described by a visitor as ‘an oasis of calm’.

Reviewed 15 April 2017

Worth a look at Captain Cook's Whitby family home! Lovely insight into his life! Well set out and plenty to look at and read! You do have to pay to go in though, family tickets available! Gift shop inside too which you can not escape!...More

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

Where Captain John Walker lodged the young Cook when he was not at sea. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 14 April 2017

Not the best thing of this type that I have been to but not the worst. Lots of stairs to navigate and the lift doesn't cover all the floors so bear this in mind if you have mobility problems.More

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

Thank you. Our leaflet says ‘Wheelchair access to first floor, DVD of upper floors’, the website describes more fully’. This is the natural limitation of a 17th century house, and a Grade 1 listing. The DVD show is downstairs, and was introduced for people with...More

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Hi i see a lot of reviews mentioning the steps but is there any lift or other access for wheelchair users? I would like to visit this week but My wife is confined to a chair.
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
Is the museum dog friendly
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
Is it wheel chair friendly ?
18 July 2015|
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