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Captain Cook Memorial Museum


Where James Cook lodged during his apprenticeship. Where it all began!

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Maria Aparicio
01947 601900
Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
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This beautiful 17th century house on Grape Lane, alongside the harbour, was owned by Captain John Walker, a prominent Quaker shipowner. The young James Cook came here in 1746 to begin his apprenticeship as a seaman.  When not at sea, he lodged and studied in the attic of the house which retains the atmosphere and typical room settings of the period.

The Museum 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.

Commemorative Coins on sale - special issue from the Royal Mint to mark the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook's First Voyage.

Visit England National Gold Award Winner 2013

For prices, please visit the website. Also for details of special exhibitions and events.

Open daily: February 9 to March 29 - 11.00 - 15.00; March 30 - November 3 - 0945 to 17.00.

Open during Winter 2019/20 by special request (please ring 01947 601900).

Pay on arrival, or visit our website to book online.  

  • Museum within historic 17th Century house in Grape Lane
  • Informative displays about Captain Cook's voyages of discovery
  • Original letters, charts & artefacts
  • Changing exhibitions
  • Excellent for school visits and overseas students
  • Events and activities (check out the website for further information)
  • Shop selling various souvenirs to suit all pockets
  • Commemorative Coins on sale - special issue supplied via the Royal Mint to mark the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook's First Voyage



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