Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

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101 High Street
Great Ayton
North Yorkshire

The Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton is housed in a building once used as a charity school which was founded in 1704 by Michael Postgate, a local landowner. It was here, between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education. With the help of a Lottery Grant in 1998 the museum has been entirely reorganised. It now features a reconstruction of a schoolroom of the early eighteenth century, when teaching methods were very different from today.There are also interactive displays about James Cook's early life and education, and his later achievements. The museum is on the first floor of the building, but there is a lift for the disabled. Peep-holes and activities for younger children. Come along and: See how Great Ayton looked in the eighteenth century. Sit next to the young James Cook for a lesson in the schoolroom. Stand next to Captain Cook on board ship and learn how to use a ship's sextant. Follow his amazing voyages and see how he changed the map of the world.

Further information

Opening Hours:

1st April - 31st October 1.00pm - 4.00pm daily. July & August 11.00am - 4.00pm daily


£2.00, child £1.00, concessions £1.00, family £4.00

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Library with public access
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Shop


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Secondary school education service available

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