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Captain Cook Memorial Museum


Adventure, endurance, extraordinary seamanship, survival against the odds mark the Cook story.

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Maria Aparicio
01947 601900
Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
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Open daily from 17 May. Book online for priority entry and to avoid queueing. Book via our website.

The handsome 17th century house in Grape Lane is where the young James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook’s master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker’s ‘other family’ of apprentices.

It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son. Original paintings, maps and manuscripts, ship models and Pacific artifacts tell the story of the Voyages.

Every year there is an exhibition in the attic on a special subject, bringing together treasures from all over the country. Our special exhibition for 2021 is about Joseph Banks, botanist on the Endeavour Voyage, ’The celebrated Mr. Banks. Reputation and Legacy’ on all season.

Commemorative £2 Coins on Sale - Special Issues from The Royal Mint to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s First Voyage.

Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England’s Awards for Excellence.

Opening Times

Open daily from 17 May 10:00 - 17:00


Adult £7
Child (to age 16) Free

Entry includes exhibitions at no extra charge.

Visiting arrangements

Bubbles of 6 persons max. Entry every quarter hour. 1 hour + Visit. Quarter hour per floor. Move floors at the sound of the ship’s bell. Strict naval discipline! For your safety and enjoyment.

If you have pre-booked, please arrive on time. If late we may ask you to miss a floor. If very late we may have to turn you away altogether. This is to ensure social distancing and a smooth flow through the Museum.

You can also pay on arrival, but best book online in advance to avoid any queueing.

Government rules may change at short notice and our arrangements may have to change. Please check our website.

We look forward to your visit

  • Museum within historic 17th Century house in Grape Lane
  • Informative displays about Captain Cook's voyages of discovery
  • Original letters, charts & artefacts
  • Changing exhibitions
  • School and group visits - not yet!
  • Events and activities (check out the website for further information)
  • Shop selling various souvenirs to suit all pockets


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