Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre



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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!

In 2020 the Museum is open daily from 15 February to 1 November.

Weekends in November the museum will be opened between 1100 - 1500.

If you would like to visit on other days during the winter months, please ring the Museum and arrange with our Manager a mutually convenient date and time. Ring 01947 601900. The price for a private visit is £8.50 per head.

Pay on arrival or visit our website to book online. Last admission half an hour before closing.  


Type Price
Adult £6.50
Child £3.50
Concession £6.00
Family £15.50
Adult Group (10+) £6.00
Child Group (10+) £5.00

Opening Hours

Sun 09:45 17:00
Mon 09:45 17:00
Tue 09:45 17:00
Wed 09:45 17:00
Thu 09:45 17:00
Fri 09:45 17:00
Sat 09:45 17:00
Weekends in November 11:00 15:00


  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Gold
  • WRA12
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