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James Cook Museum, Cooktown

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A fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibits housed in a beautiful, colonnaded former convent, James Cook Museum recalls the history of Cooktown and Captain James Cook, from whom the town gained its name. The museum’s collection includes the original anchor of Cook’s ship, HMS Endeavour, as well as a number of items and stories from the town’s early residents. The story of Cook’s arrival in the region is also told from the Aboriginal perspective. Plan to see James Cook Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cooktown vacation builder.
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  • Cooktown punches well above its weight as a town epitomising the highs and lows of some of the most formative events in the history of this country. This museum has a collection that highlights and ex...  more »
  • The museum is housed in an old convent with a modern, attractive addition. The displays are well done and there is a lot to see and read about Cook's forced visit to the area to repair his ship. The s...  more »
  • My husband took the kids to the museum and history centre while I crammed in a day's work and they loved it. Amazing to see the first illustration of a kangaroo and the sizeable anchor of the Endevour...  more »
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  • A must do in Cooktown. Highest rated attraction and well worth the visit. Allow 3 hours.
  • t was an amazing start to my Christmas holiday to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit the James Cook Historical Museum at Cooktown on Christmas Eve.The museum is in a stunning building that had been approved for demolition in the 1960's. It had been a Catholic school, so perhaps thank god it was saved and restored. Cook has rightly been called the greatest explorer of all times. His first voyage marked the beginning of British interest in our continent. When his ship HMB Endeavour struck the Great Barrier Reef on 11 June 1770. If his ship had been lost the history of this continent would have been very different. I was given what I am guessing is the usual warm and friendly reception that Jacqui Herrmann, the manager of the Museum gives visitors. To see the Endeavour's anchor and one of its original canons was inspiring. There is also the piece of the Endeavour that explored its way to the International Space Station and back. Cook would have been proud. Cooktown has a special beauty. Cook's outstanding seamanship saved his ship and it was lick that let him spend his time repairing his ship in Cooktown - paradise on earth.
  • Fantastic museum with many unexpected surprises. Well worth a visit!
  • Very interesting and informative. Worth the visit and prices reasonable.
  • Comprehensive mix of Capt Cook and local post 1770 history