Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


Open daily from 19 July

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

The story begins at the handsome 17th century harbourside house...

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.

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.

We are back to normal opening. There is no requirement to book in advance online, no limits on capacity, duration of visit or size of party.  Booking online remains an option for those who prefer it (see our website). 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 this summer. Free house guide (in 6 languages).  Gift shop.


Type Price
Adult £7.00
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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