Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
YO22 4BA

The Museum is in the Grade-1-listed, 17c house on Whitby's harbourside which belonged to Captain John Walker. In 1746 the young Cook came here as Walker's apprentice. When not at sea he lodged with the other apprentices in the attic - still preserved. The Museum houses a rich collection, artefacts from the Voyages, original letters of the period, some in Cook's own hand, paintings - Parry's Omai, Gainsborough, Hodges. Every year the Museum stages a special exhibition between March and October about a special aspect of Captain Cook's life and related subjects. Admission included in standard entry prices. We display artefacts borrowed from Museums in the UK and abroad some of which are not normally accessible to the public. For details of this year's special exhibition please see the Museum's web site.

Further information

Opening Hours:

14 Feb - 27 March, daily 1100-1500 28 March - 1 November 0945-1700 Winter months - by appointment


Adult £4.80 Senior Citizen £4.30 Child £3.30 Family £12.00


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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

Facilities information:

Guided Tours are available for organised groups, schools, students or adults. French and Spanish speakers are available for Groups by prior arrangement. House guides in French, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch and English


  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • CD-ROM guide available
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • 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
  • Specialist publications on collections available

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