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Address: 50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
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+61 7 4069 5386

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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A great museum showing what the older Cooktown would have looked like as well as containing artifacts from Cooks' Endeavour. The staff keep the place looking beautiful and it was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 11, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

A great museum showing what the older Cooktown would have looked like as well as containing artifacts from Cooks' Endeavour. The staff keep the place looking beautiful and it was a charming place to spend time.

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Thursday Island, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Thank you to the welcoming and knowledgeable Sue at the front counter! We especially enjoyed the Palmer River Gold Field history and story of the Chinese history in this region. This museum is housed in the historically significant Catholic Convent, gorgeous building, so glad it was restored, am sure i could here the echoes of the past on the stairwell.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

My family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teens) had a very enjoyable visit at the James Cook Museum. The history focused on the early uses of the museum building, settlement & lifestyle of early day Cooktown & it's surrounds. It was all very interesting as was the historical account of the grounding of The Endeavour & James Cook. They housed... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

Spent two hours in the museum it was fascinating ..i also liked the aboriginal perspective on the event

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a brilliant museum, so well presented and well worth the $10 entry. It's more than just Cpt James Cook, it's professional displays cover aboriginal history, early life in Cooktown, the Chinese and gold rush and lots of other little tid bits. Of course the Endeavour and James Cook feature highly. We spent about two and a half hours... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Every room is steeped in History about Capt Cook,The aboriginal and the Chinese. well worth the admission price of $10 per adult with a heap to learn about those first days of Australia as we now know it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We visited here, expecting it to be about James Cook. It was more about the history of the amazing building it is housed in and the history of the area. It was all very interesting. Definitely worth a visit and you do get to see an anchor and canon from the endeavour.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

This was a great experience into Australian history. Cooktown obviously has the James Cook history. What was fascinating was to read from Cook's journal and then on the next wall have the aboriginal recollections of the same events. The gold rush history was also good. Our kids (8&7) were given a list of things to find. They loved it and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

I was very impressed by this museum. Especially the way they had taken ONE set of facts- the initial contact of the aborigines with the Cook party- and described these events from both perspectives. Fascinating. There is a great deal of information and content in this building- even a hour and I felt we rushed through it. Highly recommend. Fascinating... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2016

Seeped in history and well worth the visit, thought I would be done in 30 mins nearly hour and a half later still poking around. Worth the visit

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