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Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby


Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA

Tel: 01947 601900

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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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. 'Whitby in the time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' is our special exhibition for 2018, on all season from 10 February to 4 November

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

Pay on arrival, or visit our website to book online

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


Opening Times

Season (25 June 2018 - 4 Nov 2018)

* Open daily 0945 - 1700.

If you would like to visit during the winter months when we are officially closed, please ring the Museum and arrange with our Manager a mutually convenient date and time. Ring 01947 601900. The price for such private visits is £8.50 per head.

Special Offers

  • Commemorative £2 coins on sale.  Special Issue from The Royal Mint to mark 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's First Voyage. Brilliant uncirculated £10, Silver Proof  £67.50

    Commemorative Coin

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Guide Prices

Adult £5.90
Senior £5.40
Child £3.50

Family £14.50 (2 adults & 2 children)

Adult groups £5.30 per person
School & student groups, by prior arrangement with museum, £4 per pupil. Accompanying teachers & coach drivers free

Entry includes exhibitions at no extra charge.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Children welcome

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Winner White Rose Award Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Finalist White Rose Award Finalist 2016
  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2018
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Award For Excellence Gold VisitEngland Award For Excellence Gold 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsYork Pass Accepted York Pass Accepted 2018

Road Directions

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: Whitby station is 0 miles away.

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