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Address: 50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century...

First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.

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besides most interesting collections on the different phases of Cooktown history, there is a parallel narrative of the Cook experience and legacy (Aboriginal and as derived from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

besides most interesting collections on the different phases of Cooktown history, there is a parallel narrative of the Cook experience and legacy (Aboriginal and as derived from Cook's journals).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well documented museum portraying the many aspects of Cooktown, in ncluding Captain Cook, The Sisters of Mercy , the Gold Rush, the Chinese migration and the indigenous history.

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Tully, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum houses the ORIGINAL Endeavor Anchor! It also tells the story of Cooks landing from both sides. John was fantastic at pointing out things I would have simply walked past. He truly brought the museum alive and his clear passion for local history made my visit absolutely brilliant. The mere fact that this building was completed given the circumstances... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited museum as I am interested in Captain James Cook. There are a range of interesting exhibits which cover more than Cook's arrival in 1770. The museum records the history of Cooktown through Gold rush and development of religious mission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We could have spent hours in this amazing museum. So interesting and so well done. Great place to visit especially if you have children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Museum is a 'National Trust' Museum. I think it would be one of the best Museums outside of any Capitol City. It contains the Goldfields, the Chinese , Indigenous and the Endeavour collections, It was formerly a Convent run by Mercy Nuns before WW2, and has been restored to its former glory. A beautiful building and a treasure with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent, so much to see beautiful building very well done, great displays so much to see, staff were excellent

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly, in case you're wondering, the visitor information is inside the museum entrance. We read that it was at the gardens on a tourism website. Secondly, the entrance is around the side of the building. With those details out of the way this was a great museum and an excellent introduction to Cooktown and the Cape York area. They had... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent museum showcasing the aboriginal and pioneer history of the Cooktown area. Spent a couple of hours looking at the exhibits and poking around the grounds. Admission was $10 for adults and $3 for kids and was worth evey bit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Cook, the man, Cook the mariner, Cook the cartographer, Cook the oceanographer, they are all one, and they all deserve this statue. Paintings suggest that this is a good likeness.

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