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James Cook Museum

50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit however expected more. The building is very interesting being an old convent. Two rooms were not accessible and one was a chapel, leaving five gallery rooms. Most impressive was the collection of aboriginal artefacts. The Cook exhibition in entry foyer was...More

Thank Laurene H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We could feel the little hairs on the back of our neck tingle, walking around this place. Sooo much history and so well presented. The anchor from Endeavour is cool ,& the staff can't seem to do enough for you.

Thank Gordon E
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This museum details and important part of our Western and Indigenous history. It was very interesting to read the Western and Indigenous accounts of the same interactions and how each perceived what had happened. Fantastic exhibits and I feel much more could be done with...More

Thank yarrum34
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Just amazing. In 1770 captain James Cook and the Endeavour ran aground in the Great Barrier Reef, damaging the Endeavour in the process. That event led to the discovery of Cooktown for repairs to the ship. It also led to losing an anchor in the...More

Thank Sean S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The building is lovely and there was a good variety of information and exhibits. The staff were friendly and told us a lot about the district as well as history

Thank hazfromoz
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Loved the history of Capt James Cook and the Endeavour. Definitely worth a visit. Well maintained and including cultural history.

Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Excellent history of early days in Cooktown. Quiz for the kids to keep them entertained... aboriginal history included

1  Thank Nicole T
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic knowledgeable friendly staff, if you're into history it's a must see for sure! I could have spent a lot longer only my children were ready to go. The kids 8 and 11 were given a search game and both loved going around finding the...More

1  Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Cooktown is a place we visit often, and whilst we are here we never miss a visit to the museum. This is a fascinating place. The building itself is a beautiful old piece of the history of Cooktown, and when you step inside and view...More

1  Thank kjbailey2017
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I really thought the kids would be bored (10, 12) but they weren't! It was in a fascinating old building used as a school once with new sections added on. My 10 year old did the 'treasure hunt' which helped keep his interest. There is...More

1  Thank kathy1932
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Will this museum be open Monday or Tuesday this week
9 April 2017|
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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
OPEN: Low Season : October to April inclusive 9am-4pm – Tuesday to Saturday High Season : May to September 9am-4pm – Daily CLOSED: Sunday and Monday. Public Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day... More
Wayne D
How many kilometres to Cairns
8 May 2016|
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Response from Carmen T | Reviewed this property |
It's 327 K's and an interesting drive