Captain Cook Memorial Museum is a history museum in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. The museum building, Walker's House, belonged to Captain John Walker, to whom James Cook was apprenticed in 1746. Having lodged there as an apprentice, Cook returned to visit in the winter of 1771–72 after his first voyage.
The house is situated in Grape Lane on the harbour side. A plaque on the wall states that the house was built in 1688 by Moses and Susannah Dring. It is a largish building on three floors with an attic. It is regarded as a typical example of a well-to-do ship-owner's house of the period. Much is known about the furnishings of the house from an inventory of contents taken in 1754. The two ground floor rooms are furnished according to this inventory and decorated in the original colour.
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|Sunday||9:45 AM – 5:00 PM|
Matthew Norman | Dec 28, 2017
An unsuspecting museum off the beaten track of Whitby's usual tourist area. There are so many artefacts, works of art, models and insights into Cook and his family's life. When we visited a local school was having a "takeover day", so there were children running guided tours and working in the shop etc - even better, it was free! Definitely worth a visit if you're interested in the history of Cook and the area.
Andrew Chadwick | Nov 5, 2017
Brilliant and evocative. Much original correspondence and puts Cook's life and voyages in context. Worth visiting just to see the amazing detail at full scale of Parkinson's botanical illustrations. Hadn't realised how cooperative the Russians were and how French and Americans, at war with us, treated him as a peaceful scientist.
Richard Plant | Feb 23, 2018
Really friendly staff who took the time to explain the journey, ships and history of Captain Cook.
Julie Hoyle | Oct 1, 2017
What a little gem this is! You could come out fascinated by half an hour or spend half a day on deeper study. It Was The superb staff that made it for us to be truthful. Beauty was that once you,ve paid to go in (adult was only five pounds and pence and student was three pounds fifty or so - IT LASTS A FULL YEAR!!
John Lagrue | Feb 21, 2018
Educational and captivating. I learned a lot from this visit
Stephen Kirk | Mar 13, 2018
A very interesting museum, set over 3 floors. The top floor exhibition changes periodically. A well kept secret in Whitby, well worth a visit.
David Croker | Apr 7, 2018
Really enjoyed my visit here. Fascinating insight into the life of Cook and his voyages. Well worth a visit.
janet triggs | Apr 28, 2018
Lovely visit here, really interesting and met a volunteer who imparted 1st class information. Highly recommended attraction.
Greg Sotheran | Jun 12, 2018
Very good presentation. I learned some more interesting things about Captain Cook that I didn't know already. Definitely worth a visit.
Pete Snashall | Jun 5, 2018
Well worth sparing a couple of hours to visit. Very interesting and well put together.
Sarah Evans | Jun 2, 2018
A really interesting museum and well worth a visit. The entrance fee is valid for a year so also good value for money.
Susan Hawkridge | Jul 7, 2018
Very interesting if you follow the correct route around the exhibition! I visited yesterday 6th July, but arriving on the 1st floor decided to miss the Whitby Room as it is quite small & a couple of people were in there so went into the next 2 rooms before going back. I was immediately pounced on by a lady who told me I needed to go up the stairs. I told her what I was doing & she said "well that's your problem". How nice & friendly. Anyway I stayed where I was & then went up the stairs. So please beware you go the correct way around !!! OR ELSE!! 😂
Trevor Bunn | Jul 17, 2018
Enthusiastic staff (volounteers) make viewing this interesting piece of world history a worthwhile experience.
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