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“History comes to life.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby
Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
+44 1947 601900
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Ranked #13 of 17 Attractions in Whitby
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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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“History comes to life.”
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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“Really Interesting”
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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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 taking photographs.....why would you want to!

Visited September 2013
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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
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', the Museum is, in fact, spread over 4 floors and 12 rooms telling the story of Cook's life and voyages. There is a different special exhibition every year, this year the exhibition concentrates on canoes of the Pacific and includes the prow of a magnificent Maori war canoe that has not been on exhibition for some decades.
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“Good tribute to a great explorer”
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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“Might as well go but look out for discount vouchers”
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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