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James Cook Museum

50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.
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50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located in 1 of those Hansome Building the Church always were able to build 100 s of yrs ago , how , 1 shudders . Lovely Museum with many display s , excellent friendly & helpful staff , should be on anyone list up there

Thank keezaTugun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cooktown punches well above its weight as a town epitomising the highs and lows of some of the most formative events in the history of this country. This museum has a collection that highlights and explains many of these events in a well balanced collection....More

Thank GraftonRiverguide
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is housed in an old convent with a modern, attractive addition. The displays are well done and there is a lot to see and read about Cook's forced visit to the area to repair his ship. The staff are very friendly and helpful...More

Thank neverold333
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband took the kids to the museum and history centre while I crammed in a day's work and they loved it. Amazing to see the first illustration of a kangaroo and the sizeable anchor of the Endevour. We are schooling the kids on the...More

Thank LappingitupOz
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we always enjoy hearing that our smaller guests have enjoyed their visit also. Safe travels.

Reviewed 3 May 2017

We enjoyed our visit however expected more. The building is very interesting being an old convent. Two rooms were not accessible and one was a chapel, leaving five gallery rooms. Most impressive was the collection of aboriginal artefacts. The Cook exhibition in entry foyer was...More

Thank Laurene H
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We could feel the little hairs on the back of our neck tingle, walking around this place. Sooo much history and so well presented. The anchor from Endeavour is cool ,& the staff can't seem to do enough for you.

Thank Gordon E
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This museum details and important part of our Western and Indigenous history. It was very interesting to read the Western and Indigenous accounts of the same interactions and how each perceived what had happened. Fantastic exhibits and I feel much more could be done with...More

Thank yarrum34
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Just amazing. In 1770 captain James Cook and the Endeavour ran aground in the Great Barrier Reef, damaging the Endeavour in the process. That event led to the discovery of Cooktown for repairs to the ship. It also led to losing an anchor in the...More

Thank Sean S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The building is lovely and there was a good variety of information and exhibits. The staff were friendly and told us a lot about the district as well as history

Thank hazfromoz
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Loved the history of Capt James Cook and the Endeavour. Definitely worth a visit. Well maintained and including cultural history.

Thank Sandy W
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Will this museum be open Monday or Tuesday this week
9 April 2017|
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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
OPEN: Low Season : October to April inclusive 9am-4pm – Tuesday to Saturday High Season : May to September 9am-4pm – Daily CLOSED: Sunday and Monday. Public Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day... More
Wayne D
How many kilometres to Cairns
8 May 2016|
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Response from Carmen T | Reviewed this property |
It's 327 K's and an interesting drive