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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...more
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Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
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Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

We visited here on a day out to Whitby , lovely little museum dedicated to Captain cook , I vaguely remember learning about him at school , was nice to see some of the things he discovered and learn about his life , The museum...More

Thank Julie B
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

We are glad the Museum filled some gaps for you. If your 3 year old enjoyed the activity Sheet, for age three that’s quite a start! It’s not long before children can become fully engaged, and we well remember the 8 year old who wrote...More

Reviewed August 13, 2017

As Aussies we definitely had to have this one on our list however we were slightly disappointed in this museum. The staff were so enthusiastic though and very helpful.More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Let’s make a guess – you expected there to be more about Australia? All Australians know about Cook’s 5 months exploring the East Coast. For many it comes as an eye-opener to learn about his work in Alaska and on both coasts of Canada, and...More

Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely look round today during the rain The staff were really friendly, informative and helpful. My eldest enjoyed the trail sheet he was given and my 2 year old enjoyed playing with the ship's log. Thank you to the guide who let him.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

We are glad we made up for the rain! I expect you were shown too the scale demonstration of a tiny Endeavour compared to a modern tanker.

Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We ducked into the very reasonably priced Captain Cook's Memorial Museum initially to escape a Whitby deluge, but found ourselves very glad that we visited. The museum is very well maintained and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The exhibits consist of a number of...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you for your review. The Museum brings together Period, Place and Personality. We are so lucky to be able to present such a unity.

Reviewed August 10, 2017

Lovely Lady on the desk, lovely to chat to and she gave us a few heads up about Whitby in general!.. we took our time perusing this fantastic beautiful historic house. Absorbing the history and reading and looking at the artefacts on display. You think...More

Thank Diane G
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you for your kind remarks. Just when we think we know about Cook, we turn up something new, and like everyone else are always learning. Questions are welcome, and if we cannot immediately answer them, we will go search, and try to find an...More

Reviewed August 10, 2017

Fascinating little museum which deals with Cook's life right from his start and Whitby and is packed with exhibits from his various voyages - understandably there are a few photocopied documents in there too, but a great range of original items and documents from Cook's...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you for this review. The visitor will see objects, documents and paintings in the Museum which will not be found together in any standard biography. They cannot cover everything, but one after another bring life to different aspects of the story.

Reviewed August 9, 2017

I have been an avid fan of Captain Cook, growing up reading about his adventures in the distant seas. It is really wonderful that a museum is dedicated to him, More so especially since the building is in the same building he stayed in as...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you for your thoughtful review. The Museum is in every way educational. However it’s deliberately not ‘in your face’. For example, the 18th century maps show how sketchy was knowledge of the Pacific when Cook set sail. We do not spell out how dangerous...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

I thought I knew about Captain Cook and then I came here. Very educational plus really helpful staff who know their subject, particularly the man upstairs who told us about Cook's contribution to the history of Australia. I never even knew the Dutch got there...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you for your appreciative comments. It makes such a difference. Did you know that it was a Dutchman, Abel Tasman, who got to New Zealand first? However he did not land, and the knowledge he brought back was little more than of a location...More

Reviewed August 8, 2017

This is a small museum that backs onto the harbour, within easy reach of bus and train station, and away from the throng on the harbour itself. The museum had a special exhibition of the trip made after Cook's death to complete his mission to...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thank you. You are right to observe the loans. We have deliberately developed good relations with many other museums and institutions so that we can borrow Cook related objects which are often in museum storerooms and not generally seen by the public.

Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit here. Not a big place but wasn't expecting it to be so for £5.70 entrance fee. Some nice models and interesting authentic exhibits. Plenty to give you good overview of Cook's voyages and life. Room guides were friendly and helpful too. We...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your kind mention of our volunteer guides.

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Di L
May 16, 2018|
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Response from Sophieelise2 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think it’s been there for several years. But I believe it comes out on occasion.. I may be wrong, sorry not overslept helpful 😂
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JustMe1981
September 2, 2016|
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Wheelchair users now have access to the ground floor and to the first floor via a specially installed lift. A DVD of the upper floor and the attic is available to view while at the museum, which shows the Artists and... More
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Wellie1970
May 21, 2016|
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Response from Maria A | Property representative |
I am afraid we only allow Guide dogs. We do have a courtyard where , if visiting in a group, one of you could wait with the dog. Although I must admit it might be too long a wait. The visit can take from 1.5 to 2... More
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