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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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+44 1947 601900
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Reviewed April 8, 2017

Really brought history to life in this house turned museum, especially the attic room where Cook stayed as an apprentice. Good value.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

Thank you for your review. We always treasure a comment left in our visitors’ book by an 8 year old boy ‘You learn more history here than you do at school’!

Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

We visited early on Monday morning and whilst browsing were joined by a volunteer, Mr Dawson. He was so interesting and brought the exhibits to life with his narrative. Thoroughly enjoyed and thank you.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

Thank you. Our volunteers always put their best foot forward!

Reviewed March 31, 2017

A small but fasinating museum. All the information was very clear and a wide varity of ideas. The audio visual presentation was great and the location is fantastic.

Thank Simon W
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

It is great to know that the detail is appreciated, and that the ideas open out the variety of the Cook experience

Reviewed March 21, 2017

The museum is a must for everbody that loves British history. Every part of Cooks life is well described and gives you a perfect insight about his voyages and achievements. The museum looks over the harbour and while walking through the tiny rooms you can...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2017

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure for us to see it!

Reviewed March 19, 2017

Visited this week with my partner and we both enjoyed it immensely. Lots to see and so much detail on Cook's voyages not forgetting those that were left at home when he was sailing. Well worth a visit.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2017

Thank you for your review. Did you know Whitby had two ropewalks where ropes were made for the town’s shipping industry?

Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

Fascinating little treasure-box of a museum dedicated to one of exploration's greatest heroes. Fascinating exhibits, beautiful portraits and intricate models can all be found packed into the house where the great man actually lived as a young man- and it all comes at a very...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2017

Thank you for your review and your kind recognition of our staff. It makes such a difference to be appreciated.

Reviewed February 27, 2017

This is a good museum which people can learn many knowledges of sea voyages, many kinds of boats, ships and how people sailing over the ocean in the past

Thank Nguyen L
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

Thank you. That’s what it’s about!

Reviewed February 27, 2017

Not a bad little museum but I was slightly disappointed by feeling I did not have enough prior knowledge of Cook to really feel engaged. I found it helpful getting maps up on my phone to add a bit more context to the displays, old...More

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

You may have missed the timeline immediately on your right as you enter the first room. It gives the gist of the story. We apologise for the discourtesy shown to you upstairs. What you observed was contrary to the well publicized rules of the museum....More

Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Interesting little museum about the famous explorer. Only worth visiting if you are interested in him or the exploring as there isn't much else to keep you interested.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

It would be fair to say that the Museum appeals broadly to people who are interested in history, heritage, art, and the sea – quite a broad church!

Reviewed February 21, 2017

Very interesting museum lots to see for all ages History learned in a enjoyable way Lovely novelty play park set in the same site Pennants Park

Thank Erica F
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

We agree. However you must have been in our sister museum, the Whitby Museum in Pannett Park. Very well worth a visit too.

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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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Response from Maria A | Property representative |
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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