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“Small and compact museum”

Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby
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Ranked #12 of 51 things to do in Whitby
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Owner description: 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!'.
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Small and compact museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

This museum explains very well about Captain Cook and his voyages and his fleet and time in Whitby. We felt that there is not enough room when school trips are visiting, but we did manage to get round.

Visited March 2013
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

The museum is about the time that James Cook spent in Whitby learning his trade, and the museum is full of various items such as letters that Captain Cook had sent and received, artifacts, etc. I would certainly visit here again

Visited March 2013
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“Expected more.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Pretty good place to visit with the family although some of the exhibits seem a tad tired. I enjoyed taking my little boy around the museum and explaining the exhibits. The fact that te Museum is subject focused lets the visitor know whats in store.

Visited April 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“another must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

situated down grape lane, spent 3 hours in here, every corner and every room you enter is filled with interesting stories, maps, artifacts and much much more. staff are always there to help you with any questions you might have.

Visited July 2012
Thank dianederbyshire
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“Another excellent slice of Whitby heritage!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Fiancee and I both loved this little museum overlooking the harbour. Excellent display pieces and even a detailed model of the HMS Endeavour and a even an account of the last few moments of one of the most famous British explorer's last moments before his death at the hands of native Hawaiins in days long since past. Now even thoughy fiancee and I had the misfortune to go at the same time as two huge school groups, and despite the sage advice of the front desk to come back in a couple of hours, we both still really enjoyed the museum. One little gem - they still have prints and engravings well over a century or two in age for sale at the gift shop, capturing some of Cook's explorations. Worth a browse!

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