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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 24 October 2017

It takes about an hour to tour the museum it has some interesting facts about the discovery of Cooktown

Thank Jennifer L
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CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hello, Thanks for your feedback, always great to see reviews of people that enjoyed and saw value in our fabulous museum. Have a great day, Jacqui

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We only peeked through the windows as it was closed on Sunday and Monday, our only 2 days in Cooktown. Looked interesting inside and the building itself is a landmark and worth visiting.More

Thank Sue R
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CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Good morning and thanks for your review. The National Trust Australia (QLD) pride ourselves on taking the very best care of our collections we possibly can and therefore need to have some downtime with the museum closed to the public to care for our objects...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

This museum provides a wonderful insight into the landing of James Cook and the history of the region

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum more to fill in time but we're very glad we did. Great information and exhibits.

Thank Nicole D
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

As I had hoped on arriving in Cooktown, the local Museum was a real treat! And presented a wonderful story of the Town, cultures and surrounding area. Also Cooks antics are well logged as expected, and presented in a modern stylish way. Thoroughly enjoyed the...More

Thank archisaur
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

This is one of the mandatory stops for all tourists passing through this amazingly historical Australian town. James Cook just seems to have been everywhere we've travelled to but this is one of our favourites

Thank Colin S
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We loved this small museum. Firstly a family pass was 2 A 4C which impressed us. Lots of information about the weeks that James Cook and his crew were here while repairing the Endeavour. Very Educational- a must see. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

The museum is full of information on James Cook and his voyage and visit to Cooktown along with the history of the building which the museum is located in. The information thy have collected is incredible and and I highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Fantastic insight into Captian Cook's forced stay in Cooktown. The museum is home to Endeavour's anchor and one of her 4 canons are on display. There is the history on the Convent in which the museum is located and some local history as well.

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Very interesting place for a history enthusiast. It was well presented very clear and comprehensive.

Thank Sandra L
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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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