Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
YO22 4BA




01947 601900


01947 601900

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum
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The Museum is in the Grade-1-listed, 17c house on Whitby's harbourside which belonged to Captain John Walker. In 1746 the young Cook came here as Walker's apprentice. When not at sea he lodged with the other apprentices in the attic - still preserved. The Museum houses a rich collection, artefacts from the Voyages, original letters of the period, some in Cook's own hand, paintings - Parry's Omai, Gainsborough, Hodges.

Every year the Museum stages a special exhibition between March and October about a special aspect of Captain Cook's life and related subjects. Admission included in standard entry prices. We display artefacts borrowed from Museums in the UK and abroad some of which are not normally accessible to the public.

For details of this year's special exhibition please see the Museum's web site.

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Opening hours

Winter months, November - February: individuals and groups - please ring our Administrator on 01947 601900 to arrange your visit

February: half term weekends 1100-1500, and as above

March: daily 1100-1500

April - October daily 0945-1700

Please check our website, visitor information, for arrangements in the winter months

Admission charges

Adults 2012 £4.50, 2013 £4.80 and until further notice.
Concessions available for seniors, students, children and for school, student and adult groups

For details please see our web site, visitor information


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Guided Tours are available for organised groups, schools, students or adults. French and Spanish speakers are available for Groups by prior arrangement.

House guides in French, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch and English

The Museum celebrates Cook's Whitby years and his later achievements. The collection includes period rooms restored faithfully following an inventory of 1752, models, maps and manuscripts, ship plans, artefacts from the Voyages, and many fine original paintings, drawings and prints.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Captain Cook original letters
  • Sir Joseph Banks documents
  • Gainsborough portrait Lord Sandwich
  • William Hodges Resolution in a stream of pack-ice
  • John Russell Captain Bligh of the Bounty and his wife
  • William Parry Portrait of Omai, Joseph Banks and Dr Solander
  • Johann Forster's desk, and letters
  • John Webber Voyage drawings especially natives of Kamchatka
  • Exploration of Australia, New Zealand, Canada
  • The Antarctic
  • Maritime History dockyards and plans
  • Endeavour ship plan and model
  • Resolution ship model
  • Ethnography of the Pacific, early contact artifacts
  • John Bird watercolours of 18c Whitby
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Guided Tour for School Parties

We welcome school and student groups of all ages, and offer introductory talks adjusted to age range and time available. Schools are advised to allow 1 1/2 hours for the talk and visit. A resource pack 64pp, with sections specifically designed for selective photocopying, price £7 is available.

How to obtain

By prior arrangement with our Administrator, Mick Green 01947 601900. Please discuss your requirements, links to national curriculum etc. £2.70 per child (Teachers and Drivers FREE) Any time of the year, even the winter when we are closed to the general public

Teachers' Resource Pack

A 64 page teachers pack with sections designed for selective photocopying is available from the Museum. It covers many aspects of the history and geography of Captain Cooks's voyages of discovery. Useful as a background to a visti and as a teaching aid.

How to obtain

To obtain the pack, price £7.00, please contact our administrator, Mick Green on 01947 601900