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Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby
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Owner description: Winner of the 2013 VisitEngland Gold Award for Excellence! Visit the house where the James Cook came to serve his seaman's apprenticeship. The handsome 17th century house on the harbour belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker shipowner, John Walker. It was here in the attic that the family lodged thier apprentices when not at sea serving the London coal trade.The Museum's rich collection celebrates Cook's achievements and the work of those who sailed with him - sailors, scientists and artists.See letters in Cook's own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands.Special Exhibition for 2014 - 'Australian Encounters! Charting a Continent'. Cook and his successors completed the chart of the continentss coastline and marvelled at the strange new creatures they saw - 'unlike anything encountered before!'.
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“Quaint museum”
Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

Great to learn a lot about Whitby and in particular Captain Cook. Being Kiwis, he was quite important to us. Fantastic location and displays. Friendly staff, even met the old fella who's a regular there every Sunday (?) for his morning cuppa. YHA discount was an added bonus 80p, woohoo.

Visited September 2013
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“A nice little museum”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

I'm no great fan of maritime history but found things to interest me in this museum.
There's a lot of reading, but I was just selective.
I left thr museum knowing a little more about captain cook, maritime arrangements of his time, and how people viewed the world. Oh and how a botanist had a hissy fit because he hasn't been allocated enough room on a ship. That's botanists for you. Some things never change.

Friendly staff, proportionate entry fee and great to be in a space used by the great Captain Cook.

Visited November 2013
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“wonderful!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

was in whitby a couple of times before and always missed this museum. but not this time. I was suprised how much larger the exhibition was than I thought. I loved it and found it interesting, charming and very educating. wonderful experience!

Visited October 2013
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“An interesting hour spent learning about Captain Cook.”
Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

Had a really interesting hour going round the museum. Thought the maps of the world pre Cook were interesting and found out the links between captain Cook and Captain Bligh of the Bounty. Overall an enjoyable hour or so.

Visited October 2013
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“Because you should”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Quite interesting and a must for young geographers interested in Cooks voyages and the discovery of Australia. Staff are very helpful and knowledgeable but it must be said that there isn't a great deal to be thrilled by. Pay attention to the building and its history, more up my street perhaps but I found it more interesting than the contents. Visit as part of a day out in Whitby because you should.

Visited October 2013
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