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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 4 weeks ago

The excellent James Cook Museum is one of the main attractions in Cooktown. At the entrance two artifacts from Cook's ship are prominently displayed - the original anchor (huge) and a cannon recently retrieved after 200 years on the ocean floor. The museum has several...More

Thank retireeVancouver
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

The building itself has been restored beautifully. The museum features the history of Captain Cook and the amazing history of the area. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank papillon2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

It is worth the trip to this beautiful Museum to learn the history of the area, plus see the cannon and anchor from Captain Cook's ship Endeavour. It has been refurbished since my last visit in 2001 and a credit to the management for keeping...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

An amazing building and so interesting to read the journal on the wall. The staff were friendly and informative. We also enjoyed reading the history of the convent. A great morning out at an affordable price.

Thank Marcia B
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

This place has a great history of captain Cook. There is a great variety of history worth seeing. They are well displayed. Friendly staff. The place is very well maintained. A must visit place for the whole family. The younger children will enjoy this place...More

Thank Farahana S
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Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

If in Cooktown, allocate about 1.5 hours to visit this well curated museum housed in an old school and convent. The story boards showing the diary entries of Cook and Banks were really interesting and informative. The information of indigenous people's observations and perceptions of...More

Thank LInda B
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Reviewed January 9, 2018

With a wide variety of history and artifacts to read and view, we spent just over an hour here, but could have easily spent much more. Definitely recommend a visit when in town!

Thank Shannon R
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Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

It is fascinating this, and the entire region, are named after James Cook, and there is only one exhibit dedicated to Cook. Funnily it was focused on the 42 days he spent trying to leave the area. It’s disappointing there was no exhibits dedicated to...More

Thank Vicki-Lee T
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CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review regarding your visit to our Museum. I am however a little confused regarding your comments regarding our Indigenous content as we have a large room dedicated to the Guugu Yimithirr people containing, Indigenous art works,...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

We were excited to see the real anchor and cannon off the Endeavour. There isn't too much regarding Captain Cook, and alot more information regarding the history of the building as a Convent and girls school and history of the area. Still worth the entrance.

Thank Travelgypsyisme
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

This is an interesting museum in an old nunnery and childrens home. . the artefact from james cook and life in the 18th and early 19th century are well worth a visit. Ring or check their website an opening hours vary and in December it...More

Thank mark w
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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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