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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  • Anchor and canon from the Endeavour with some history. Chinese influence, gold panning exhibits in an old nunnery building. Unfortunately could not see upstairs as lift not working and quite a few sta...  more »
  • Housed in a former convent built in the late 1880s during the Gold Rush, the museum features items from Captain Cook's ill fated vessel Endeavour. You'll see the original anchor and a cannon he jettis...  more »
  • The James Cook Museum, in my opinion, is one of the best I have seen for many years because of it large array of history from James Cook’s Endeavour arrival, gold found in the Palmer River and Cooktow...  more »
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