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“Shipwrecked far from home”
Review of James Cook Museum

James Cook Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Located in the centre of Cooktown, the James Cook Museum has wonderful interpretive signage and displays detailing first hand accounts from the journals of Captain Cook's crew on the terrors of the shipwreck of the HMB Endeavour which led to them staying for over 2 months on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770.
Look out for the original anchor and cannons from the Endeavour.
The museum also has displays of Aboriginal artefacts, relics from the Gold rush and a chinese section, as well as exhibitions of life in the early days of Cooktown's history.
Allow at least 2 hours to fully appreciate this National trust treasure, there is a small gift shop on site.

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Reviewed February 29, 2012

Very interesting and informative. Lots of photographs, maps and exhibits giving a great insight into the early days of Cooktown and Captain Cook's stay.

Thank Rick L
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

The highlight is definitely the anchor of the Endeavour recovered from the reef a few years back. The museum building is an-ex convent and is a very fine building. Definitely recomended.

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Reviewed January 11, 2012

A must do when you visit cooktown. Learn about everything from the goldfish to captain cooks voyage.

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Reviewed January 2, 2012

Located in an old convent. Great colonial building with a modern extension housing information about Cook's visit. Also plenty of items referring to life in the years gone.

Thank Krakonosh
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