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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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Address: Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
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+44 1947 601900

Winner of the 2013 VisitEngland Gold Award for Excellence! Visit the house...

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!'.

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Spent a lovely peaceful hour in this beautiful house this morning, really interesting stories and artifacts, gorgeously recreated panelled rooms, lovely views from the windows... read more

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Spent a lovely peaceful hour in this beautiful house this morning, really interesting stories and artifacts, gorgeously recreated panelled rooms, lovely views from the windows, well worth the time to visit

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a look at Captain Cook's Whitby family home! Lovely insight into his life! Well set out and plenty to look at and read! You do have to pay to go in though, family tickets available! Gift shop inside too which you can not escape! Activity sheets for children to fill in. Doesn't take very long to get around-though there... More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the best thing of this type that I have been to but not the worst. Lots of stairs to navigate and the lift doesn't cover all the floors so bear this in mind if you have mobility problems.

Thank hayley b
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A super museum house curated by knowledgeable, helpful staff. Fabulously stocked with a plethora of interesting items, including a host of original sources. Lots of detailed information about cook's domestic and family life with wonderful views from the attic room.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well laid out. Brilliant history. Interesting audio visual about the museum house. Very detailed. Loved all the models and authentic exhibits. Well done Whitby.

Thank TheSaint1966
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of historical items relating to James Cook when he was in Whitby and travelling around the world. Well laid out. Friendly helpful staff.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was on crutches. Lift only to first floor stairs to two higher floors. Interesting artifacts great models and original ledgers

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really brought history to life in this house turned museum, especially the attic room where Cook stayed as an apprentice. Good value.

Thank andie544
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited early on Monday morning and whilst browsing were joined by a volunteer, Mr Dawson. He was so interesting and brought the exhibits to life with his narrative. Thoroughly enjoyed and thank you.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small but fasinating museum. All the information was very clear and a wide varity of ideas. The audio visual presentation was great and the location is fantastic.

Thank Simon W

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