Captain Cook Museum, Whitby Claimed


Open daily 1000 – 1700 from 19 July.  No need to book in advance online. Please do so if you prefer.  No limits on capacity, duration of visit or size of party.  Anti-Covid measures maintained, screens and special cleaning.  We are encouraging visitors and staff to wear masks and to keep prudent social distance.

Children go FREE

Adventure!  Endurance!  Extraordinary Seamanship!  Survival against the odds!   Cook’s voyages were the 18th century equivalent of today’s space missions.

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.

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.