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Informative Cooktown Hope story

Great little centre explaining Cooktown’s trials and tribulations from start to modern day... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Scotan
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A slice of history

Thoroughly researched, well presented and very enlightening so don’t walk on by. With exhibits and... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Mumjudy
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Great little centre explaining Cooktown’s trials and tribulations from start to modern day. Informative volunteers that are friendly and know and love their town. Plenty of exhibits and information to see and read about the fascinating history of this town not to forget the war...More

Thank Scotan
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly researched, well presented and very enlightening so don’t walk on by. With exhibits and information winding along chronological displays it is not hard to receive an immersion in the life and times of Cooktown. Many of the names we had observed on cemetery headstones...More

Thank Mumjudy
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This museum was once a school run by Irish nuns, given the sheer size of the place and the fact that it was built by hand at a time when there were no roads (Cooktown only just got sealed roads all the way from Cairns...More

1  Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

On arrival was greeted by a very nice and knowledgable volunteer who explained a short version of what the displays are about. It is very well set out with the changes to the town highlighted with dates that follow on around the display. $5 entry...More

Thank juliemE6249UR
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

You could spend hours here. Lots to read about Cooktown. It was a shame we couldn't visit the Museum . It's now closed Sunday and Monday. However the History centre was a great way to learn more about Cooktowns history.

Thank Sue R
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Run by volunteers, the Cooktown History Centre provides an insight into the fascinating history of Cooktown. It is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Bazinga40
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Having been taught in school in NZ in the 1960's about the amazing ventures of Captain Cook, and his misadventure with the Great Barrier reef and being forced to repair HMB Endeavour at Cooktown, I had to make it my goal to visit Cooktown. Thus...More

1  Thank Allan C
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My wife's family dates back to 1854 in Cooktown and these guys no it all. Just amazing how they have amassed so much info about everything Cooktown and its surrounds from the very beginning. The best historical society we have visited.

Thank gasman18111959
Reviewed 15 July 2017

This was a good visit for an hour to read about the people that have lived in Cooktown and the history of the town through cyclones and World War 2. I was amazed how the place was evacuated in the war as they thought the...More

2  Thank corrod1
Reviewed 5 July 2017

An extremely well-presented, chronologically-ordered history of Cooktown. An abundance of written information and photos highlight Aboriginal reaction to white influence in the area, the early mining boom, the fishing industry and the initial land transport into, what was, an isolated community. Well worth the hour...More

2  Thank Phillip8789
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