Captain Cook Memorial Museum Tours
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Chronicling the life and times of the iconic explorer, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum offers fascinating insight into Whitby's most famous former resident. Housed in the 17th-century home where a young James Cook took on his apprenticeship as a seaman, the museum’s star attraction is Cook’s attic room, decked out in period furnishings.
At the museum, visitors can learn about Cook's now-legendary voyages through a fascinating collection of artifacts, letters, ship models and maps. Pore over original letters written by Cook and his crew; follow his travels through maps and charts; see items brought back from Cook's long journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; and admire paintings of the voyages by Parkinson, Hodges and Webber.
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is located in Whitby and is open daily—from 11am to 3pm from February 13 to March 24 and from 9:45am to 5pm from March 25 to November 6. The museum is closed from November 7 to February 12, but opens for private, prebooked groups.
Admission costs £5.40 for adults and £3.50 for children.
Address: Grape Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire YO22 4BA, England
Hours: Feb 13–March 24 11am–3pm; March 25–Nov 6 9:45am–5pm
Admission: Adult £5.40, children £3.50
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Captain Cook Memorial Museum
It’s not easy journeying to Whitby, so it’s important to make the most of your time here. On this self-guided audio tour, I'll introduce you to major local characters, engrossing legends and hidden treasures in this historic town, over a millennium in the making. Whether this is your first visit or your thirtieth, this tour is certain to make you look at Whitby in a new light. It also provides an ideal introduction to sites like the Whitby Abbey, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the Endeavour Experience, which you can return to at the end of the tour. On this tour, you'll hear about: • Some of the greatest voyages of exploration of all time • Why people once thought the town was infested with serpents • How Whitby jet, a gemstone, inspired the novel Dracula • An illiterate poet • Why there’s a polar bear in the town centre • Why the houses with the best views were some of the cheapest • The Hand of Glory and where to find it
Whitby’s historic East Side has a close affinity with the sea and this self guided audio tour provides an ideal introduction to local pastimes like fishing and rowing as well as the shipwrecks along our shore. You'll never look at the East Side in quite the same way again. You'll hear about: • Whitby’s handcrafted Lucky Ducks • Whitby's fishing heritage • The legend of the Penny Hedge • How Whitby might have inspired one of Charles Dickens' most well-known characters • The German bombardment of the town in 1914 • J. M. W. Turner's roughest sketch • The Whitby Wyrm • How to spot vampire blood I’ll point out some of the quirkiest places to have a drink along the way as well as the viewpoints most people miss. Be sure to pack your camera if you’re into photography!
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is one of England’s most enchanting destinations, but it can be hard to get around without your own transport. This private full-day tour from York includes a visit to the seaside town of Whitby, a steam train ride across the wild Yorkshire Moors, and stops in traditional market towns such as Pickering and Helmsley.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Captain Cook Memorial Museum hours of operation?
Captain Cook Memorial Museum hours of operation: Feb 13–March 24 11am–3pm; March 25–Nov 6 9:45am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Captain Cook Memorial Museum?
The best ways to experience Captain Cook Memorial Museum are:
- Essential Whitby: Discover the town’s legends and treasures on an audio tour
- Whitby's Historic East Side: An audio tour uncovering the east side's tales
- Private Day Trip to Whitby and the North York Moors from York
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