Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


The Museum will be open weekdays throughout October and November including Monday 30 November

We have offered this limited service since reopening. Visitors have appreciated our arrangements for social distancing, and generally feel safe in the Museum following the Captain's rules! 

Booking online  - We are encouraging people to book timed tickets for their party of up to 6 people. Visits last just over the hour.  Each party enters at quarter hour intervals and spends a quarter of an hour on each floor of the Museum to ensure social distancing from those ahead and the party behind.

The Captain’s Rules!  Visitors are asked to consider that they are under the discipline of the Royal Navy!  The most important is that when the ship’s bell rings, each party moves promptly on to the next floor.   We have a beautiful house with one main staircase so this allows movement around without too much inconvenience.  We ask everyone to cooperate in the interests of all of us.

Admission Prices   We have completely re-organised our pricing structure.  The leaflet issued in January before Covid-19 struck carries details of our special exhibition, ‘The celebrated Mr Banks, reputation and legacy’ but the Museum’s admission prices have changed:

One Adult           £7

Two Adults         £14

Three Adults     £21

Four Adults         £28

Children now enter free!   A major departure for us.  It should benefit families, and if it goes well may become a permanent feature.  Children up to age 16.  Up to 4 adults with two children make the party up to a maximum of 6 persons, though up to 3 children may come with a single adult.

Arrive on time    Tickets are booked for a specific quarter hour slot.  The naval discipline really does apply to arriving on the dot.   To make the social distancing work and ensure a smooth flow through the Museum we reserve the right to make occasional adjustments.  If people arrive very late we may have to refuse entry.  You will have missed the boat!  So come a little early and enjoy the courtyard, the garden and the view.

Future arrangements:  We are all in uncharted waters!  Arrangements may have to change at short notice.   Meanwhile, we hope people will have the opportunity to explore once again the story of Cook in one of Whitby’s finest surviving houses.

The 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.

Commemorative £2 coin On Sale at museum now! Special Issues from The Royal Mint to mark 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's First Voyage

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.

For families with children.  Museum Activity Trail, activity cards, display your drawings in the Museum.

Free House Guide (in 6 languages).  Gift Shop.

New for 2020, special exhibition in the attic,on all season till November 1, 'The celebrated Mr. Banks. Reputation and Legacy'  About the career of botanist Joseph Banks after sailing with Cook.

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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Adult and school groups not yet permitted


Type Price
Adult £7.00
2 Adults £14
3 Adults £21
4 Adults £28
Child Under 16 FREE

Opening Hours

Mon 10:00 17:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
In November 10:00 16:00


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

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