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James Cook Museum

50 Helen St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.
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50 Helen St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A well restored and looked after building with it's own history houses one of the best local museums I have seen in some time. The detail of what happened when Lt Cook arrived in what is now Cooktown is explained in detail. How Cook got...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

To visit the building, galleries and exhibits was very worthwhile. The gardens were also worthy of a visit.

Thank Jill H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth a visit. Beautiful old building, great exhibits, and lovely gardens as well. Not to be missed when visiting Cooktown. Good for children too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in lovely gardens and in an original historic building there are plenty of interesting exhibits. You can find out about the wreck of the Endeavour in Cooktown and how they repaired and survived to tell the tale. The original anchor and canon are on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To see an original anchor and Canon from the sinking Endeavour is worth the visit alone. We had 3 young kids - who enjoyed colouring in the Endeavour and looking at the indigenous room full of tribal boomerang, canoe, spears etc. Reading Cook/Banks diary notes...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is in an old convent that was saved by the national trust It houses the original anchor and cannon off the Endeavour Great displays and history of Cooktown And captain Cook Allow at least 1.5 hours

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting. $15 or $10 concession per person seemed a little steep but was very interesting. Learnt a lot about Cook as well as the history of Cooktown and the surrounding area.

Thank Lyndon B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must for all ages. Explore culture, tradition, history and more in this fabulous museum. From the Endeavours anchor (one of five on the ship) to aboriginal tools and much in between, there's plenty to see, touch and read. Facinating and a must when in...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Located in a gorgeous restored convent on a hill, its a place to visit when in Cooktown. It has an anchor and a canon from the Endeavour along with stories of the first encounters between the Endeavour crew and the natives. There are also artefacts...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Situated in a beautiful historic house, the museum, although interesting, does only hold a couple of relics from the Endeavour. Informative display of Cooks journals at the time of encounter with the reef. Good selection of souvenirs. Recommended.

Thank Kevin B
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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
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