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James Cook Museum

50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 5386
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours checking out the information and exhibits about James Cook and the convent in which it is housed. So many interesting artefacts of all types. One of the highlights of Cooktown.

Thank Qldgirl1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in for a captain cook, excellent little museum, well layed out and very informative. Would recommend!

Thank stephen o
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Great displays and detailed accounts of James Cooks landing and the history of Cooktown. Airconditioned and very professional displays. Not to be missed when in Cooktown.

Thank herbert m
Reviewed 4 November 2017

If you have made your way to Cooktown, by all means vjsjt this museum, which is operated by the National Trust. The old Sisters of Mercy convent has been repurposed, beautifully restored, and artfully augmented to tell a complete story of James Cook's arrival and...More

Thank sbehnen
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Good morning and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is always great to hear our guests enjoyed their time spent with us here at the James Cook Museum.

Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Housed in the old Sisters of Mercy convent this museum provides excellent displays of the history of the region. Interestingly, the Museum details both the English and Indigenous accounts of Cook's landing, not widely included in school curriculum. A definite must see if you're in...More

Thank Jennie G
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write your review. So glad you enjoyed your visit to the James Cook Museum and don't forget The National Trust has 8 other properties throughout Queensland for you to enjoy. :-)

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Would recommend this museum to all age groups. Has area for children to enjoy as well as being educational. Jesse was working when we visited and his knowledge and enthusiasm was exceptional. Highly recommend

Thank juliemE6249UR
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Good morning, Always wonderful to hear our staff are doing a great job and made your experience with us even more memorable. Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 24 October 2017

It takes about an hour to tour the museum it has some interesting facts about the discovery of Cooktown

Thank Jennifer L
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hello, Thanks for your feedback, always great to see reviews of people that enjoyed and saw value in our fabulous museum. Have a great day, Jacqui

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We only peeked through the windows as it was closed on Sunday and Monday, our only 2 days in Cooktown. Looked interesting inside and the building itself is a landmark and worth visiting.More

Thank Sue R
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Good morning and thanks for your review. The National Trust Australia (QLD) pride ourselves on taking the very best care of our collections we possibly can and therefore need to have some downtime with the museum closed to the public to care for our objects...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This museum provides a wonderful insight into the landing of James Cook and the history of the region

Thank Bazinga40
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum more to fill in time but we're very glad we did. Great information and exhibits.

Thank Nicole D
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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
OPEN: Low Season : October to April inclusive 9am-4pm – Tuesday to Saturday High Season : May to September 9am-4pm – Daily CLOSED: Sunday and Monday. Public Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day... More
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It's 327 K's and an interesting drive
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