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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby
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$446.86*
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Ranked #14 of 52 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!'.
Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is a very well laid out museum over several floors of an old building - one in which Captain Cook lives as an apprentice. With children in both New Zealand and Australia and having followed in Captain Cook's footsteps over 4 continents it was nice to see where it all began. On exhibit in particular struck me. it was a model of one of the ships "unpacked" - unbelievable . One caveat - children under 10 might not be engaged by the museum but it is definitely worth a visit.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2016

Yes, ‘where it all began’ are the words used again and again by visiting Australians. Your comment about children under 10 is a valid caution, yet we are delighted with how much even younger children sometimes get out of their visit

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Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

We visited last week and really enjoyed it. Lovely building and lots of good information about captain cook and all his voyages. Worth a visit.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2016

Glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a small museum on the private life of Captain Cook. Well displayed and interesting to wonder through.
We got quiz to get the kids (ages 9, 10, 13) into the topic, but it only worked for a little while. As the displaying is quite traditional (but informative!), it is more to please the keen adult reader rather than younger kids.

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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2016

We are pleased you appreciated the Museum. You are quite right – it is a serious study of Captain Cook and the people who sailed with him. Taking three children together to a Museum or an Art Gallery can be an undertaking! Most of our volunteer attendants will tell stories about Cook and the Quiz sometimes helps break the ice!


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Reviewed August 17, 2016

Visited in August on a very hot crowded day. The museum was busy but felt like a calm oasis. Very good exhibition with great knowledgeable staff. Plenty of space to move round even though it was a quant old building. It is based on four floors and some of the stairs are winding and steep - a bit of a challenge to dicky knees and hips!!. Views of harbour from attic room were lovely. Plenty to read and a good Video guide to watch.We spent 2 hours happily immersed in our navel history. Very good value for money, something not to be missed if you come to Whitby.

Thank DKEYSNorfolk_Uk
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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2016

Thank you for your kind review. You obviously had a very good look round and found masses of interest.

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Reviewed August 12, 2016

We'd passed this museum a number of times and this year we thought we'd venture in. Big mistake. The receptionist was welcoming but then our personal space was invaded by what I can only politely call a Captain Cook enthusiast working as some sort of guide. He said, "Feel free to move on if you find me boring but...." and then launched into a lengthy tirade where I just wished I just wish I had chosen to spend the day watching a square inch of paint dry. It would certainly have been more satisfying. Fortunately an overseas coach party eventually arrived and we were released from his clutches. 'Why not move on anyway?' you might ask - it seemed rude to confirm the boredom we were encountering. If you go to this museum, be warned and have your excuses ready! At least then you might enjoy what the museum has to offer.

Thank Helen J
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Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2016

It would have been so easy for you to say you would prefer to go round quietly on your own, and if said with a smile, that would have been accepted without any offence taken.

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