Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Stewart Park Marton
North Yorkshire

At the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum you can discover why Captain Cook is the world's most famous navigator. Sail into uncharted waters to see Cook and his crew encounter new peoples, lands, plants and animals through a combination of original artefacts, films, computer interactives, and hands-on displays. Uncover what life below decks was like for a member of the crew. Younger visitors can explore naval life with our own Sidney Scurvy. Due to his many achievements, every year is a celebration of the anniversary of some important aspect of Cook's life. Our programme for 2005 is part of Sea Britain Year and the 250th anniversary of Cook joining the Royal Navy. Regular features include; the annual Captain Cook Celebrations to mark Cook's birthday (October 27th) and annual archaeological excavation of East Marton village and the birthplace site by Tees Archaeology (May/ June). We host a changing programme of exhibitions as well as a regular events programme. For full details contact the museum. The museum is fully accessible has lift to all floors, disabled toilet, designated disabled parking spaces outside museum(tel.for details od bboking spaces), hearing aid loop systems and welcomes guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Mar- October Tues-Sun 1000-1730 Nov - Feb Tues - Sun 0900 -1600 Last admission 45mins before closing. Closed: Every Monday 24-28 December 1 January 3-7 January for annual maintenance


£2.40 adults, £1. 20 children O.A.P.s and concessions, Family Ticket £6.00


  • Museums Association
  • National Trust

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Gardens open to public
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

The museum was first opened on 27th October 1978 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Cook's birth. The site of the cottage in which he was born stands only yards from the museum, within Stewart Park. The award winning museum underwent major refurbishment in 1998 with finance from the Hertitage Lottery, European Union and the Clore Foundation and the Council's own capital programme. The museum has recently been awarded the VAQAS standard. The galleries now contain interactive displays, reconstructions, films, interpretive panels, computer databases and museum objects that combine to tell the story of Cook's life and the voyages of discovery he made in the 18th century.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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