Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
At the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum you can discover why Captain Cook is the world's most famous navigator. Sail into uncharted waters to see Cook and his crew encounter new peoples, lands, plants and animals through a combination of original artefacts, films, computer interactives, and hands-on displays. Uncover what life below decks was like for a member of the crew. Younger visitors can explore naval life with our own Sidney Scurvy.
Due to his many achievements, every year is a celebration of the anniversary of some important aspect of Cook's life. Our programme for 2005 is part of Sea Britain Year and the 250th anniversary of Cook joining the Royal Navy. Regular features include; the annual Captain Cook Celebrations to mark Cook's birthday (October 27th) and annual archaeological excavation of East Marton village and the birthplace site by Tees Archaeology (May/ June).
We host a changing programme of exhibitions as well as a regular events programme. For full details contact the museum.
The museum is fully accessible has lift to all floors, disabled toilet, designated disabled parking spaces outside museum(tel.for details od bboking spaces), hearing aid loop systems and welcomes guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf.
Mar- October Tues-Sun 1000-1730
Nov - Feb Tues - Sun 0900 -1600
Last admission 45mins before closing.
Closed: Every Monday
3-7 January for annual maintenance
£2.40 adults, £1. 20 children O.A.P.s and concessions, Family Ticket £6.00
- Museums Association
- National Trust
The museum was first opened on 27th October 1978 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook's birth. The site of the cottage in which he was born stands only yards from the museum, within Stewart Park.
The award winning museum underwent major refurbishment in 1998 with finance from the Hertitage Lottery, European Union and the Clore Foundation and the Council's own capital programme. The museum has recently been awarded the VAQAS standard.
The galleries now contain interactive displays, reconstructions, films, interpretive panels, computer databases and museum objects that combine to tell the story of Cook's life and the voyages of discovery he made in the 18th century.
Ethnography, scientific instruments for navigation, natural history, life at sea, aboriginal art collection of over 500 items, some Cook and Cook family personalia, Cook postage stamps, coins and medals.
Agriculture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Two modern works by Turner prize nominee Simon Patterson,
- Full size carved totem pole, by Richard Hunt and Tim Paul from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada outside museum.
Learning the Ropes: Painting a Picture of Captain Cook's Young Apprentice
- 1 July — 2 November 2014 *on now
As part of the Arts Council England funded "Making a Mark" project, encouraging our schools and young people to use our museums and galleries, this exhibition compares and contrasts the experiences of Captain Cook and his young cousin, Isaac Smith, a teenage midshipman aboard the Endeavour during Cook's first great Pacific voyage (1768-71).
The exhibition features the rare Webber portrait of Cook, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery (until 31 May with a replica thereafter) and a watercolour portrait from the Museum's own collection called "An Old Man Who Sailed with Captain Cook", thought to be of Isaac Smith in his old age.
- Family friendly