Captain Cook Museum

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!

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    The house is now a museum celebrating Cook's nine years in Whitby and his later career. Ship models, maps, Pacific artifacts, 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 2020 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 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. 

    Pricing Information

    Adults £6.50
    Child £3.50
    Concession £6.00 (Available to Senior Citizens)
    Family £15.50
    Adult Groups £6.00
    School & student groups, by prior arrangement with museum, £5 per pupil.
    Accompanying teachers & coach drivers free

    Entry includes exhibitions at no extra charge.

    Pay on arrival, or visit our website to book online
    Telephone: 01947 601900

    Opening Times

    February 15 to March 27 Open Daily 1100 - 1500
    March 28 to November I Open Daily 0945 - 1700

    Weekends in November 1100 - 1500

    If you would like to visit on other days during the winter months, please ring the Museum and arrange with our Manager a mutually convenient date and time. Ring 01947 601900. The price for a private visit is £8.50 per head.

    Last admission half an hour before closing.


    Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA


    Town Centre location.  Use Park and Ride or town centre car parks.  From the bus and railway stations we are a short walk,over the Swing Bridge, and immediately right into Grape Lane at the Dolphin Hotel.

  • Facilities
    • Accessible by Public Transport
    • Off Site Parking
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    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Cater for Educational Groups
    • Groups Welcome
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