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James Cook Museum
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Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Cooktown
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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.
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A Must Visit”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

James Cook Musuem is fabulous! It gives a insight into the history of Cooktown through the explorer James Cook, the indigenous community, Chinese community and war years. You could spend hours wandering through its exhibits.

Visited August 2013
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Cooktown, Australia
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Trip back in time”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The James Cook Museum is a great place to visit as it is full of interesting hostoric infomation about Cooktown. The building itself is amazing, however the artefacts from James Cook‘s six week stay and meeting the local ABoriginal people, to the Chinese Settlers and Goldrush days, will keep you engaged for hours.

Great place for families

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worth a look”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Its not just about James Cook but also covers the Gold Rush in the area. Nice old building has history of its own. Not much else in town to look at.

Visited July 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Excellent Value”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed this great museum, and priced at $10 per adult, it was good value. It is well set out with lots to see; especially the huge anchor off Cook's Endeavour and the wide variety of aboriginal tools, weapons etc. etc. etc. Don't miss this fabulous building and museum, as it is the best attraction in town!

Visited July 2013
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

I love this museum! It looks wonderful from the outside being an old convent and the history of it is both sad and wonderful. How those first Irish Nuns survived in the heat and the wilderness is just amazing though sadly a number died quite young. The price is great value though the initial talk was a little long and tedious even if he was a volunteer. Great to see new displays and upgrades to the interior though I was sad to see Mrs Watson's original tank gone to the Brisbane Museum. I love that story and the replica tank out the back just wasn't the same. All in all, it's a must see when visiting Cooktown.

Visited July 2013
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