Captain Cook Memorial Museum

in Whitby


Open Daily

  • Saturday 12 February – Friday 1 April, 10.30 – 1500
  • Saturday 2 April – Monday 31 October, 0945 – 1700

Last admission half an hour before closing

Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays in November

These arrangements were correct at the time of writing.  Covid is still around. Government Guidelines may change.  If in doubt please check dates and times on our website.

Adventure! Endurance! Extraordinary Seamanship! Survival against the odds!

The story begins at the handsome 17th century harbourside house now the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. 

This is where the great explorer, James Cook, came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook’s master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When the young Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker’s ‘other family’ of apprentices.

Cook’s voyages were the 18th century equivalent of today’s missions to Mars.  For ten years Cook and his crews explored the unknown, uncharted waters of the Pacific, the South Atlantic, and the Arctic Oceans.  Danger was ever present.

The thought-provoking collection of original paintings and drawings, letters in Cook’s own hand, ship models, maps and fascinating objects gathered on the voyages illustrate the Cook story.

New special exhibition every year.  For 2022 ‘Sea Peoples – Navigating the Pacific’.  Describes the ways Polynesians and Europeans overcame the greatest of the world’s oceans

We are maintaining anti-Covid measures, screens and extra cleaning. We are encouraging visitors and staff to continue to wear masks and to keep to prudent social distance.

Specially for children, Museum Activity Trail, activity cards.

Display your drawings in the Museum.

Free entry for children.

Free house guide (in 6 languages).

Gift shop.

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