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James Cook Museum

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Address: 50 Helen St, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
Phone Number: 07 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century...

First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.

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Nunnery turned museum

A very good variety of the different cultures that have lived here. Great displays for Polynesians, Captain Cook, English immigrants, and Chinese laborers. Building is... read more

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very good variety of the different cultures that have lived here. Great displays for Polynesians, Captain Cook, English immigrants, and Chinese laborers. Building is absolutely beautiful with a very nice view over the town and the ocean toward the Great Barrier Reef on the second floor balcony. Building was originally the home of a nunnery and there are displays... More 

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Brisbane Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Complemented our visit to the James Cook Museum in Whitby UK. A talented man. This is a very comprehensive display of local history both European and indigenous. A beautiful old building built by the Catholic Church for the Sisters of Mercy - how they must have suffered in their habits in the heat. Worth a visit.

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit. The entrance gives you the history of Cook and the Endeavour and is beautifully set up including the anchor which is huge. This was the smallest of five anchors on the Endeavour! Upstairs is worth a visit with the history of the old convent and Cooktown with a whole room devoted to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see whole rooms of barma (aboriginal) and Chinese perspectives as well as the expected Cook, gold, war stuff. Really get a strong sebse of what bas hapened in Cooktown a d beyond. The talk was informative and good-humoured too.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance was good with the Endeavour's anchor and cannon, plus some information boards, but the rest was just a load of old stuff from the convent. Hardly worth the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so pleased to have chosen to visit the museum as it gave us a great idea as to the history of the area. One of the volunteers gave us an interesting talk on the history before we looked around for ourselves .We had been to the local museum in the Main Street, where volunteers man the museum and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It should be mandatory for all australians to visit this museum. housed in a magnificent old convent and the work that would have gone into establishing the museum would have been enormous I was amazed at what they have displayed,it really gives you a lesson on his achievements. staff are friendly and very knowledgeable and there is easy street parking.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The James Cook Museum in Cooktown is a great museum that we visited about a week ago on our way around Australia. There is an anchor and cannon form the original Endeavour which is a really neat piece of history. We spent a couple of hours here looking at the exhibits and artifacts on display, very interesting and we would... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a full two hours looking around, the museum has a wide range of artifacts from the 19th Century and an informative display depicting the story of Cooks' voyage

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Cooktown, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much History of Cooktown in historical building. Cpt James Cook exhibition and the landing of the Endeavour in 1770. The Gold rush, Chinese, miners, artefacts, so much I would allow a good 3 - 4 hours

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