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James Cook Museum

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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...more
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50 Helen St, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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All reviewsjames cookgold rushold buildingon displaynational trustlocal historychinese influenceworth a visitbeautiful buildingwhite settlementrestored conventinteresting itemsexcellent displaysamazing historyweek staycouple of hoursearly days
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 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

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 25 June 2018 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
Reviewed 19 June 2018 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

Thank gajted
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

Thank Tassylass
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
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

This museum oozes pride from all that have been involved. Friendly informative staff. All you need to know about Cooks involvement, Chinese influence and aboriginal heritage in the area and much more. You will need to allow a good hour or two to get the...More

Thank Scotan
Reviewed 9 June 2018

A must do in ChartersTowers, this museum is outstanding. Great exhibits, friendly staff and a beautiful setting.

Thank Dashman1
Reviewed 9 June 2018

A highlight of our visit to Cooktown. It's a lesson in history and culture. Great stories are told on the many plaques around the museum. Take the time to read as much as possible.

Thank islandc2014
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Visit only if you have time to read the extremely well presented voyage of Captain Cook in 1770. The Endeavour’s anchor is also on display. Both European and First Nation accounts are well presented side by side as is the Lizard Island tragedy that we...More

Thank Mumjudy
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Anchor and canon from the Endeavour with some history. Chinese influence, gold panning exhibits in an old nunnery building. Unfortunately could not see upstairs as lift not working and quite a few stairs. Allow 30-45 minutes as my husband did upstairs as well.

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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
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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It's 327 K's and an interesting drive