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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
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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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Fascinating museum

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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Basildon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Thank RuthfromEssex
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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 and his voyages, I was able to learn a great deal more. Thoroughly worthwhile and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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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 life of naval men. I was interested to know more about Captain Cook’s wife, Elizabeth... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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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!

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 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 charge is very modest. There are stairs to climb inside the house so wheelchairs users... More 

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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 cannot be seen anywhere else. It is of superb quality. Many thanks for your review More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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 journey some good pictures and photos to look at and plenty of interesting reading on... More 

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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. More 

Preston, Lancashire
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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.

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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 up to expectations. More 

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Reviewed 24 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

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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’. More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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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! Activity sheets for children to fill in. Doesn't take very long to get around-though there... More 

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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. More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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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.

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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 mobility problems – now enjoyed by most visitors. We do a new DVD every year... More 

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