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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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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...more
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Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA, England
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All reviews his life several floors attic room original documents early life well worth a visit great man special exhibition couple of hours interesting visit gift shop little gem visiting whitby apprentice voyage letter exhibits
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky to find the museum open on a Saturday (Apparently they were trialling weekends in the winter) and we were so glad it was. Very interesting history, some good exhibits and knowledgeable staff.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ianmd2017
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Yes, this year we tried opening on Tuesdays and Saturdays during November – an experiment. There are certainly visitors about in Whitby during November. We are glad you were able to take advantage, and we must decide whether to repeat this in 2019. We are...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

Leaflets in the hotels are slightly out of date with prices but still a reasonable price. Nice little museum with history of Captain Cook and others

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank travelaslongasican
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Sorry about the leaflets. We distribute a new leaflet every year with updated visitor information. However, we rely on hotels removing any leaflets left over from the previous year, and sometimes they don’t!

Reviewed 4 November 2018

Being Australians we are always interested in hearing about the history of Captain Cook so discovering where he started his early seafaring life was fascinating.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank M0numentAL
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

His life continues to fascinate!

Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

This museum is fairly small, and has lots of information about the young captain cook (the attic room where he stayed is an highlight) and his subsequent explorations. The museum is spread on a few floors, exhibits are thoughtfully displayed and well labelled. My only...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Andythebaggie
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. £11 was for two people, not for one! We suggest people allow two hours for a visit. In practice some people stay a lot longer because there is so much to see. We are an independent museum, a charity. To...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018

There are many places around the world touched by James Cook as the world's greatest navigator. However, this dinky museum is beautifully presented in the home of his master with the attic where he studied to become the master cartographer and sailor who opened up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gulfstream229
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this review. We are indeed fortunate to be able to display three original letters in Cook’s own hand, two of them to his old master, Captain John Walker. Your review touches on two aspects of Cook. First his ability to win the...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

Small Museum, but full of information. Cooks expeditions were really well displayed giving visual details of his journey's. Artefacts & pictures were all interesting as was the history of the building. Despite limited access, a platform lift will take the wheelchair user up to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Roger B
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Please note that though wheelchair users cannot reach the top two floors – the house was built in 1788 – there are DVDs on show on the ground floor which cover the upper floors..

Reviewed 17 October 2018

A museum that is quaint, informative and well worth visiting. Small enough not to tax any faculties and interesting enough to demonstrate the history of Whitby as well as the man himself.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David N
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your very positive rating.

Reviewed 15 October 2018

We were really impressed with this small but extremely interesting museum. It's a bit Tardis like in that it is actually bigger than the frontage suggests! We certainly didn't realise what an important centre Whitby was in terms of apprenticeships and education of young men...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Suratrichard
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you. One young apprentice wrote home to say that he was staying in Whitby all winter because he could not get better help with his studies anywhere else.

Reviewed 14 October 2018

A really well curated museum that explores both James Cooks life and voyages as well the history of Whitby as a port and education centre. Really interesting.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hollymedy
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A good summation and a big thank you.

Reviewed 12 October 2018

We had visited Cook's schoolroom museum in Great Ayton so decided to do the next part of his story in Whitby This lovely house looks over the river to the replica of Endeavour - good photo opportunity. There really is so much to read and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank flowerlady64
Maria A, Manager at Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Very pleased you enjoyed it and may return. Yes, do use the Park and Ride next time. It is really very convenient.

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Di L
17 May 2018|
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Response from Sophieelise2 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think it’s been there for several years. But I believe it comes out on occasion.. I may be wrong, sorry not overslept helpful 😂
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JustMe1981
2 September 2016|
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Wheelchair users now have access to the ground floor and to the first floor via a specially installed lift. A DVD of the upper floor and the attic is available to view while at the museum, which shows the Artists and... More
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Wellie1970
22 May 2016|
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Response from Maria A | Property representative |
I am afraid we only allow Guide dogs. We do have a courtyard where , if visiting in a group, one of you could wait with the dog. Although I must admit it might be too long a wait. The visit can take from 1.5 to 2... More
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