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Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Whitby, North York Moors

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Captain Cook

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is situated in the heart of Whitby and contains a wealth of information and original artefacts which belonged to him. This well visited attraction is absolutely fascinating for people of all ages and is a great day out. 

Captain Cook was born on 27 October 1728 at Marton-in-Cleveland. His father also called James was originally from Scotland and married Grace Pace from Cleveland. They had eight children in total though several died young. When James was still a child they moved to Great Ayton and his father became the foreman at Aireyholme Farm.

The museum is located in the 17th century house on Whitby's harbour, where he once lodged as a young apprentice. It was here he spent many dark winter nights studying by candle light under a roof made from old ships’ timber, the training that lead to his epic voyages as a seaman.The rooms are decorated as they would have been in Cook’s day and you can view the many original paintings, drawings, maps and manuscripts associated with his many voyages.

The Museum has a variety of souvenirs, with something to suit every pocket, from pencils and postcards to books or pictures.

Teachers and School Groups
We have for many years encouraged school children and their teachers to visit the Museum. Many return year after year. Our introductory session covers Cook's Yorkshire background, his naval career, the great voyages of exploration, and his ideas on topics such as diet, scurvy, or encounters with previously unknown peoples.


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Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
YO22 4BA
01947 601900

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