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Museum, next open Wed 21 Feb - Fri 23 Mar 2018, £4-£5.30


Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby


17th century house where James Cook lodged as apprentice seaman to Whitby shipmaster Captain John Walker. Stunning site on harbourside.

Rich permanent collection with much original 18th century material, Including period rooms in meticulously restored house, ship models, plans and manuscripts, artifacts from the voyages, and fine original paintings, drawings and prints. Special temporary exhibition with exhibits drawn from other Institutions. The special exhibition in 2018, on all season, is 'Whitby in the time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman'.

Award winning attraction. Gold Award winner in Visit England's Awards for Excellence 2013 Winner in Yorkshire's White Rose Awards 2005 and 2012

Allow 2 hours for a Group Visit. Introductory session about Cook, Whitby, his ships, and his discoveries, by an experienced guide. Guides on hand for tour of museum. Schools visits tailored to age group and curriculum. All Group Visits pre-booked through our Operations Manager, Maria Aparicio. Please discuss with her the visit format most suitable for your Group

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 21 Feb - Fri 23 Mar 2018 Mon - Sun 11:00 to 15:00
Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018 Mon - Sun 09:45 to 17:00

We accept groups during the winter when we are officially closed - at a mutually agreed date and time. If your Group would like to visit outside the published times, we can be flexible.


Adult groups £5.30 per person
School & student groups, £4 per pupil. Accompanying teachers & coach drivers free

Entry includes all exhibitions.

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 21 Feb - Fri 23 Mar Whitby in the Time of Cook
Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov Whitby in the Time of Cook




    See location of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: NZ 900110  Lat: 54.48637 Long: -0.61224

    From York, take the A64 & A169 north-east to Whitby.

    From Scarborough, take the A171 north to Whitby.

    From Teesside, take the A171 east to Whitby.

    Follow signs to Park and Ride (best from Teesside or Pickering or park in Town Centre car parks. The museum is on the east side of the swing bridge over the River Esk, take immediate right turn onto Grape Lane. Museum is on the right hand side at the far end.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


    Grape Lane,
    North Yorkshire,
    YO22 4BA


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
    • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
    • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
    • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

    Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards for Excellence. Yorkshire Tourist Board, White Rose Award 2005 and 2012 winner, 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year'. 'Discover Yorkshire Coast' Tourism Awards winner, 'Visitor Attraction of the Year 2005

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • YesRamp to entrance
      • YesHandrail by ramp
    • YesEntrance is well lit


    • YesHearing loop system
    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesClear signage
    • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
    • YesWheelchairs provided
      • YesFree
    • YesAudible alarm system

    Public Areas

    • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
      • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
      • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
      • YesTo the gift shop
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
    • YesVisitor information available in audio format
    • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


    Lift access for wheelchairs to first floor, but not to upper floors. We provide DVDs on the ground floor for people with limited mobility


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