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Review of James Cook Museum

James Cook Museum
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$2,873.44*
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7 night Great Barrier Reef cruise
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Cooktown
Certificate of Excellence
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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 24, 2013

The James Cook Museum is never going to challenge for the title of the best Museum in the world. It has a limited collection and seems to struggle with its purpose in life. However, it's a great experience. The building itself is a fascinating thing and to stroll around thinkign of the history of the building alone is worth the stop. The collections are interesting enough with an abvious focus on local history. Cooks anchor and cannon are a delight for history buffs. Don't expect the Louvre, but you will be engaged with this place fo a few hours.

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CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Thank you for your review. You are absolutely right in that we are not the Louvre, nor can we ever hope to operate on the same level as such large international museums and galleries. However, we are widely regarded as one of the best regional museums in Australia. As with most museums, the items you see on display are the tip of the iceberg, with much of our collection in storage waiting for its turn on display. We are indeed fortunate to be able to display our collection, which as you point out focuses on the fascinating and often surprising history of the Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula, and we're glad you enjoyed a few hours in our museum.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

You have got to do this. It informative & shares some interesting facts about Australia's discovery.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

What a worthwhile visit , to learn all about our history such a vast collection of items with detailed information about them
I am Australian and learnt so much at this museum , I took my parents in their mid 70's and they loved it all ( in fact they raved about the place ) . It is a must visit whilst in Cooktown it completes your Cooktown experience

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CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2013

Thank you for your review swimmingly_12 and we're so glad you and your parents enjoyed your visit here. We are very proud of our museum and work hard to keep it in tip-top shape, so it's always great to hear visitors have enjoyed themselves!

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

This is an elegant old building which had once been a convent. Its a bit out of place in Cooktown which is a "Wild West" kind of place.
I was surprised at just what a major figure Cook is in Australia as well as members of his crewe.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

A great overview of the history of Cooktown involving many aspects of the history of the area from several points of view. Includes many interesting displays and artifacts of significance in the old convent.

Thank MoritzKR
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