Overview & description

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 coins On Sale at museum now! Special Issue 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.

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

New for 2018 'Whitby in the time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman'.  2018 is the 250th anniversary of Cook's departure in Endeavour from Plymouth on the first of his three great voyages to the South Seas. What did Cook owe to Whitby?

In 2018 the Museum is open daily from Saturday 10 February to Sunday 4 November.   

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 £5.90
Child £3.50
Concession £5.40
Family £14.50
Adult Group (10+) £5.30
Child Group (10+) £4.00


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