Open from 17 May
Book online via our website for priority access and avoid queueing
Children go FREE
At this stunning Whitby harbourside site is the 17th Century house which belonged to Cook’s master, the ship owner Captain John Walker. The attic roofed with old ships timber where the young Cook and his fellow apprentices lodged, is still preserved. Whitby is where Captain Cook learnt his seaman’s trade- where all his ship’s were built!
The house is now a museum celebrating Cook’s nine years in Whitby and his later career. Ship models, maps, Pacific artefacts, original paintings and prints, tell the story of Cook and of those who sailed with him to the South Seas. The Museum stages a special exhibition each year – for 2021 it’s about Joseph Banks, the botanist on the Endeavour voyage – ‘The Celebrated Mr. Banks. Reputation and Legacy’.
The Museum shop offers a wide range, from inexpensive cards and souvenirs to high quality reproductions of art from the Voyages – good range of ‘Cook’ and other maritime books.
Children are welcome. One of Britain’s Best! Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England’s Awards for Excellence and Twice winners in Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards 2005 and 2012.
For your safety and enjoyment
Bubbles of 6 persons max. Entry every quarter hour. 1 hour + Visit. Quarter hour per floor. Move floors at the sound of the ship’s bell. Strict naval discipline! For your safety and enjoyment.
Arrive on time. If late we may ask you to miss a floor. If very late we may turn you away altogether!
You can pay on arrival, but best book online in advance to avoid any queueing
Government rules may alter at short notice and our arrangements may have to change. Please check our Website
For full details of exhibitions, events, the story of Cook and other visitor information, please visit the Museum website.
N.B. Accessibility. This is a Grade 1 listed building built in 1688. There is wheelchair access to the ground and first floors. For people who may find the stairs difficult, there is a 20 minute DVD on the ground floor about the second floor, the attic and the special exhibition.