Overview & description

This handsome 17thC harbourside house 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.

The house is now a museum. It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son. See letters in Cook’s own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands. From the bleak Antarctic Ocean to the fertile beauty of Pacific islands, all Europe was fascinated by the images and objects brought back. Discover how Cook became a household name in Britain and beyond, and his voyages a model for others to follow.

Free house guide (in 6 languages). Free Activities Sheet for children. Gift Shop’

‘For further information and for details of our special exhibition for 2017 ‘Kamchatka to Krakatoa, the Cook voyages in Asia’, please visit the Museum’s website, www.cookmuseumwhitby,

In 2017, the Museum is open daily from Saturday 18 February to Sunday 5 November. From 6 November 2017, prearranged private individual visits will be accepted for up to 9 people at £7.50 per person. The Museum will reopen for February half term 2018 and then daily through the 2018 season
For detailed times and prices see ‘Times and Prices’ above.

Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards for Excellence. Twice winners in Yorkshire's White Rose Awards, 2005 and 2012. One of Britain’s Best!

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Type Price
Adult £5.70
Child £3.50
Concession £5.20
Family £14.00
Adult Group (10+) £5.10
Child Group (10+) £3.00


  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold
  • WRA12
  • accred