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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
Phone Number: +44 1947 601900
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Description: 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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Really interesting a must when in Whitby

Visited this week with family (wife & 2 boys, 4 & 9) and for the very reasonable entrance fee we all found it really interesting. Covering four floors, including the attic where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2013
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Gibraltar
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Small so called museum. Lots of letters and paintings and a few models spread over several floors. Woman at front desk/shop had no sense of humour.. Not for the kids.

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Australia
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a museum dedicated primarily to Captain James Cook but also includes general maritime history. It is located in a house that Captain James Cook boarded at while undergoing his apprenticeship. Noting that Captain Cook's childhood home was transported to Melbourne Australia and his marital home was located elsewhere in the UK. The museum is filled with letters between... More 

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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I thought I should just point out one or two things for potential visitors. There is a lift between the ground and first floors thus enabling less mobile visitors to visit 70% of the Museum in person, we also show a DVD on the ground floor which is specifically designed to show those visitors who... More 

Blackburn, Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Visited this week with family (wife & 2 boys, 4 & 9) and for the very reasonable entrance fee we all found it really interesting. Covering four floors, including the attic where Cook lived with the other apprentices, there are many contemporary letters, diaries and drawings from the voyages which I could have spent hours poring over. It's fantastic that... More 

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SOUTH YORKSHIRE
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This museum is a fine tribute to Captain Cook, you can find out all you need to know about him and his exploratory trips. Never boring, there is something for everyone.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We have strong Kiwi/Aussie connections with Capt Cook and found every room full of interest. It was easy to imagine the 17 year old apprentice seaman looking out to sea from the attic room he shared with all the other apprentices.Excellent presentations.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I found this place extreamly repetative and boring. I cant remember how much it was (?£10ish) but I remember feeling like I had been robbed! The man on the desk was very pleasant, but the exhibits are very lack-luster. About 10 examples of bits of cannoes made by the ancient newzealanders-snoozefest. I find it funny that they forbid you from... More 

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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review

There are some factual inaccuracies in this review that I feel should be brought to the attention of everyone. The admission cost is not '£10ish' , it is £4.80 for adults, £4.30 for seniors and £3.30 for students and children whilst a family ticket can be obtained for just £12.00. The Museum contains for more than '10 bits of canoe',... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Australians owe a lot to James Cook, great museum in the charming ship building town of Whitby, I looked out the same widows onto the harbour, worth a visit

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Married couple
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

It's an OK place, not a huge place and the kids will love it and its quite informative. The lay out works really well.

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Cambridgeshire, England
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60 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The house in which this is set is where James Cook lived as an apprentice seaman. There are interesting displays regarding Cook's time in Whitby and also his adventures overseas. The guides were very informed and keen to share their knowledge.

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Auchinleck, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The museum is very interesting, and gives lots of information about Captain Cook. The guides were very helpful and could answer quite in-depth questions. A relaxing and informative way to spend a couple of hours.

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