Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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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.

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Opening hours

Mar- October Tues-Sun 1000-1730
Nov - Feb Tues - Sun 0900 -1600
Last admission 45mins before closing.

Closed: Every Monday
24-28 December
1 January
3-7 January for annual maintenance

Admission charges

£2.40 adults, £1. 20 children O.A.P.s and concessions, Family Ticket £6.00


  • Museums Association
  • National Trust

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Stewart Park
North Yorkshire




01642 311211


01642 515659

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