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. Use our Cooktown route planner to add James Cook Museum and other attractions to your Cooktown vacation plans.
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  • A battered leaking ship forced to go James Cook in this lonely place ashore, without knowing he set the foot on Australian soil. The Museum shows up in interesting ways what during James Cook and his companion. The contact with the natives, the first squeeze with the kangaroos. The history of the building of the orphanage to the Museum is very interesting with its many exhibits. Basically, a visit to Cooktown is worthwhile, even if the town is sleepy.
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  • The building itself has been restored beautifully. The museum features the history of Captain Cook and the amazing history of the area. Definitely worth a visit!  more »
  • A small museum, which gives a good overview of the history of the region. Housed in a beautiful historic house. Should you look at, if one is into Cooktown.
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  • Was a bit hard to find the entrance. Wonderful museum. Details of Cooks trip excellent. Loved the authenticity of the place.
  • interesting informative museum! with pics and info) has 2 floors but very poor conditioning, so can be extremely hot on second floor( but chilled on first)
  • Great to see both sides of captain cooks landing. Very imformative . A must see while in Cooktown.
  • Really beautiful musuem. The staff member gave a very good intro and history of the museum and the area in general. The displays are interesting and the layout is easy to follow.
  • Very informative about Captain Cooks time in this area of Australia. Also a lot of information about the history of the Sister's of Mercy convent that the museum is displayed in. An impressive and attractive building.

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