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Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Captain Cook Memorial MuseumCaptain Cook Memorial Museum

Visit the house where the young James Cook came to serve his seaman's apprenticeship.

This handsome 17th century house belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker shipowner, John Walker. It was here that the family lodged their apprentices when not at sea serving the London coal trade.

The Museum's rich collections celebrate his astonishing achievements and the work of those who sailed with him - sailors, scientists and artists.

Here are letters in Cook's own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models, maps, and many extraordinary objects brought back from newly discovered places, spanning the bleak Antarctic ocean to the fertile Pacific islands. See how Cook became a household name, and his voyages an example for others to follow. 

Every season a special exhibition brings new exhibits from major collections to Whitby.


On 4 floors (ground floor plus 3). Lift for wheelchairs to first floor. DVD on ground floor covers top 2 floors. Induction loop in education room.

Toilets ok for wheelchair users.

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