Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


Open daily from 17 May

BOOK ONLINE For priority entry

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.

Book through our website. 

To ensure safety and to comply with Government rules we have a limit of 30 visitors in the Museum at any one time. People move through the building in parties of six. 

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.

We are encouraging visitors to book in advance online – they will have priority of entry and avoid queueing.

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.

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.

Admission Prices

Adult                                        £7

Child (up to 16)                  Free entry

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

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

Visit our website to book online 



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

Opening Hours

Sun 10:00 17:00
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
Sat 10:00 17:00
In November CLOSED


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