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“Atmospheric House in old Whitby” 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!'.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Atmospheric House in old Whitby”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Easy to picture young Cook living here. The views of the sea from the windows are worth the visit but it is also a mine of information about his associates and his travels.
Knowledgeable staff.

Visited April 2014
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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments, pleased that you found our staff were able to enhance your visit.
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“A voyage of discovery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Pleasant and informative staff, very interesting exhibits well spread throughout the house, learned lots about Captain Cook and Whitby.

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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you for your comments. So glad that you enjoyed your visit.
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“A simple little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A must if you're an Aussie or Kiwi. Probably not everyone's cup of tea, some of the content is a little dry, but if you have any interest in history, biology or naval history it's well worth a look. And in a land of 20 pound entry fees, the charge here is a pleasant surprise.

Visited March 2014
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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
And a must for Canadians too, and all patriotic Yorkshiremen. Cook's association with Australia is well known. Fewer people realise he was in Canada a great deal longer than anywhere else and active on both coasts. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
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“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Entrance fee was reasonable and the staff/volunteers were lovely and very helpful.
It's only a small museum over three floors so you don't need long to see it all, we probably spent less than an hour there. That said, what is there is interesting and I'm glad we visited.

Visited April 2014
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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Delighted that you enjoyed your visit! Yes, we reckon most visitors spend between an hour and an hour and a half. However be warned - an initially reluctant visitor re-emerged after 3 hours, and said, with a grin and a tone of reproach, 'You did not tell me how much there was to see!'
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“very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was a very interesting way to spend an hour or so, we learned a lot about Cook we had never heard of before. Only difficulty was the stairs, you need to be able to climb to the third floor.

Visited March 2014
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Peter R, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Thank you for your positive comments. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Due to the Historical nature of the building we can only provide lift access to the 1st floor. The stairs between 1st and 2nd floor and 2nd floor to Attic are relatively shallow and each flight has a half landing providing a 'resting' place. However for those visitors who cannot access the upper floors we do show an DVD on the ground floor which is specially designed to give guests a thorough virtual tour of the whole Museum.
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