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Cooktown History Centre

121 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 6640
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Well presented history of Cooktown

I was looking for information about a lady who was born in the area in the late 19th century... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Audrey W
Fascinating history of Cooktown, great place to start

Very informative overview of Cooktown's history (mainly the European history) presented in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jake D
Melbourne, Australia
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121 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 6640

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was looking for information about a lady who was born in the area in the late 19th century. Within minutes, the volunteer in the History Centre was able to answer my question and then my husband and I walked around looking at the different...More

Thank Audrey W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very informative overview of Cooktown's history (mainly the European history) presented in chronological order and covers lots of angles: initial settlement, service in the world wars, cyclones, the development of the road from Cairns etc. Would recommend starting here when touring Cooktown's sights. Not open...More

Thank Jake D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great collection of very interesting memorabilia and research on the history of Cooktown and surrounds. The volunteers involved have clearly dedicated much effort and love to document many aspects of local history. It should be a compulsory part of your visit to...More

Thank GraftonRiverguide
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We wandered in here searching for some family history information. The volunteer staff went out of their way to assist us. The photographic and written stories displayed were very intetesting and very well presented. This place is a must when visiting Cooktown! We spent nearly...More

Thank Jinderaites
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We couldn't believe how 1 small room could hold so much information, and the guy behind the desk has so much local knowledge and is so passionate about Cooktown. Definitely worth taking a look around.

Thank Gordon E
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This was a very informative place with a lot of interesting exhibits. The staff were also very friendly and helpful

Thank hazfromoz
Reviewed 12 April 2017

$5 entry for adults, kids free. Good explanations of Cooktown history, including local families, which was great to read as my maternal great grandparents were married in Cooktown

Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 28 November 2016

A few generations ago my falily were prominent here and there was an exhibition including them in this museum. But the assistance of the volunteer archivist was wonderful, and I left with some 18 pages of family documents and suggestions for further research.

Thank 1950Patrick
Reviewed 7 September 2016

A visit to the Cooktown History Centre is highly recommended and the entry fee is a bargain at only $5.00. Housed in the oldest building in Cooktown, the museum displays historical information about the area including early mining, the railway, highway and the growth of...More

Thank Chopsui
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Nice way to review the history of Cooktown and Captain Cooks visit to the area back in the day, well worth the entrance fee.

Thank 0Steveo0
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