Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby
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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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  • Amanda F
    Manchester, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum shines light on Cook’s life
    We loved this little museum which gave some background detail to Captain Cook (‘honey James’) and really conveyed what an exciting time it was to be alive. We were there an hour. Also it explained what an advantage it was for Cook to learn his trade in Whitby. Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Robin S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real gem
    What a cracking museum, this is filled with information on a very interesting man. He touched do many lives. There’s plenty to see and read with some interactive bits. The museum is extremely well kept, it’s a pleasure to go round top this with helpful and informed staff. It’s a great couple of hours well spent.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Mark D
    Benson, United Kingdom45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice laid out Museum
    Ideal for a rainy day which happened to us. It was a very nice museum with plenty of exhibts and friendly staff as well. Be warned their are a few steps to take carefully and anyone over 6ft need to duck their head plenty of times but still enjoyable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • James & Laura Travels
    Kendal, United Kingdom121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and well presented
    Very interesting to visit. We sort of really only went in to try to stay dry but ended up really enjoying this museum. Seeing how Whitby would have looked in the 1700’s compared to how it looks now, how the artists onboard the endeavour sketched out the plants and animals they found on their expeditions; it’s all there in a really well laid out museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Kerry M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    James Cook and so much more.
    What an amazing museum! We had our guide Claire talk us through the museum for almost two hours. Her passion and knowledge was exceptional. What she told us about Cook, the era in which he lived, the Quakers, Joseph Banks etc was so well researched. Ask for Claire as your guide.. you won't be disappointed.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • EVA S
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a museum
    We particularly wanted to see the special exhibition about Captain Cook crossing the Antarctic circle, and were very lucky to have volunteer John take us round it. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly, putting it all into its historical context. The whole museum was excellent, bringing the people and the period to life. We ended up spending must of the day there. We plan to visit again next year when the next exhibition starts, and our one year tickets will still be valid. Thank you to John, and all the staff and volunteers who make this a really memorable place to visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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Pinklady9
Derby, UK467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We hadn't sought this museum out but came across it whilst walking about. So we went in and had a browse around. all very interesting and lovely to see all the original handwritten letters and documents. View from attic window was spectacular.
£7 adult entry for the visit which takes about an hour seems a little expensive but upkeep of the treasures inside the museum is of course the most important thing.
Glad we visited, it ws very interesting.
Written October 10, 2021
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Glad you enjoyed the letters and the documents. Once you get into them, they add hugely to the story, the paintings, the maps and the ship models. We are an independent museum, a charity, run mainly by local volunteers with a very small paid staff. Whilst we receive the occasional public grant for development, all regular running costs come out of visitor admissions. Any surplus (a deficit during Covid) goes back into the Museum. Thank you for your support.
Written November 30, 2021
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Elaine C
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Several years since last visit, I had forgotton how much I enjoyed it. What a lovely Museum, lots different informative rooms and such friendly staff always willing to help with any questions you may have. The cleanliness is obvious and shows so much throughout the museum. Great exhibits and lots of things to see. A wonderful gift shop with reasonable prices to get that souvenir. Children under 16 go free so great for families with children. More to this museum that it looks from the outside, although only issue is, not great for anyone who may struggle with stairs as some exhibits are on the higher floors. Definitely recommend a visit both for local people and visitors but please allow sufficient time as it can take longer than at first expected if you really want to enjoy the visit. Captain Cook lived in this building while serving his apprenticeship so no better place for this museum to be located.
Written February 27, 2022
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If it was several years since your last visit, much may have been added. The Museum continues to acquire one or two new items every year. We have just announced the arrival of a watercolour of Matavai Bay in Tahiti. Painted during the 3rd Voyage it shows the encampment on shore in interesting detail – the astronomers tents with special flaps for the telescopes – against a background of mountains and Resolution and Discovery in the distance. Also an 18th century Log and Line, essential ship’s equipment. Bought in Holland it took 3 months to clear British Customs – another story!
Written March 16, 2022
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Olivia G
Shropshire, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed our trip to this informative little museum. Lots of interest to see. I see an earlier review suggested it was not for younger people, if, being in our twenties, we count as young, I can definitely say as young people we enjoyed our visit. Due to covid the museum is running on a system of 15 minutes per floor. Whilst we totally accept this 15 minute limit is due to covid, being people who love to read everything and explore history, my fiancé who has dyslexia struggled to engage with all the material within this time limit.
Written June 26, 2021
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Thank you, Olivia, for your very positive review. While the Rule of Six is still with us, we have to have the system of 15 minutes per floor. If visitors want longer, they should be allowed to go round a second time on the same ticket providing capacity at the time allows. Thanks to you that has now been arranged. A reviewer’s remark about the suitability of the museum for younger people must have referred to children. A child fixated on the beach or the fairground may not want to be in any museum. However, with parental mentoring (and our staff are there to help) a child, even one quite young, can become enthralled by the story.
Written June 29, 2021
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FSHero
Derby, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My wife and I simply had to visit the museum given the famous Captain Cook’s link with Whitby. Captain Cook’s life and voyages are chronicled by beautiful paintings and drawings and quirky artefacts. There are thorough explanations of all aspects of Cook’s life. Also covered was the house’s role as a family home and lodgings for the sailing apprentices. It was a fascinating visit and would recommend it for anyone even slightly curious about history.
Written September 20, 2021
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Thank you for your enthusiastic appreciation.
Written November 30, 2021
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KitorKat
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is one of the smaller museums but it’s totally charming and you’ll spend an enjoyable afternoon here. There is a pleasant sunny courtyard that gives you a fantastic view over the harbour. We sat in the sun for a while enjoying the sun and sea air.

The museum has many artefacts from Cooks time and tells the story of the man, his life and tragic death. It’s set out over several floors so there are stairs but you travel at your own speed. There’s an informative video to watch as well.
Written September 12, 2022
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The view over the harbour towards the shipyards where all Cook’s ships were built is evocative. Imagine the sight in winter when the harbour was choc a bloc full of ships the same size as the replica. Shame about the mainmast! But then many ships would have been undergoing repair.
Written November 21, 2022
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Stevie H
Wallasey, UK78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very interesting museum with many original and historical artifacts. It's well organised and good value to enter (£7.00 each adult I think). The staff are most friendly and helpful and its easy to get to and you can quite easily spend a few hours inside.
Written August 23, 2021
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Amanda F
Manchester, UK122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We loved this little museum which gave some background detail to Captain Cook (‘honey James’) and really conveyed what an exciting time it was to be alive. We were there an hour. Also it explained what an advantage it was for Cook to learn his trade in Whitby. Highly recommend.
Written May 23, 2023
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Caroline
Knaresborough, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Fascinating museum in a historic Whitby house. Very informative volunteer guide who enhanced my visitor experience with his knowledge of the subject and the exhibits. Learned a lot about Captain Cook, his travels and navigation.
Written July 5, 2022
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Thank you for this appreciative review.
Written July 23, 2022
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TeessideAngel65
Whitby, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I have been coming to Whitby for 27 years and it took me until 2021 to finally visit this museum. And I loved it. I really like to see old buildings dressed as they would look "in the day" and this house has rooms set as they would have been. It was a joy to visit. Obviously at the time covid was still very much a threat and social distancing measures were in place. But the volunteer staff were helpful and knowledgeable and informed us to move between floors at the sound of a ship's bell. I could have spent hours in the museum, the house is charming and has wonderful harbour views. I'm looking forward to returning again soon.
Written May 22, 2022
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Something of a record but you made it at last! Social distancing was a bit of a nightmare. However, visitors accepted ‘naval discipline’ and obeyed ‘ship’s orders’ under the watchful eye of Cook in a fetching blue mask – excepting one gentleman who was outraged we had taken such a liberty with the Great Man!
Written July 23, 2022
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C G
Hertfordshire, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We came to visit Whitby and didn't want to miss this museum. As we walked in a very friendly lady welcomed us and told us a bit about the museum, then she offered to look after our shopping bags while we looked around. We really enjoyed our visit. Everything was laid out well and so much to see. Would love to return again next time we are visiting Whitby
Written August 19, 2022
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We look forward to you visiting again when next in Whitby. We have a new special exhibition in the attic every year. This year’s was ‘Sea Peoples, navigating the Pacific’. Next year it will be ‘Ice: exploring the far South’ and how Cook on the 2 nd voyage explored the southern oceans round Antarctica, not just the Pacific, and came near to understanding how sea ice, flows and bergs were formed, contrary to the strange theories around in the 18 th century.
Written September 9, 2022
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