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James Cook Museum, Cooktown

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History Museum
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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  • Excellent history of early days in Cooktown. Quiz for the kids to keep them entertained... aboriginal history included  more »
  • Fantastic knowledgeable friendly staff, if you're into history it's a must see for sure! I could have spent a lot longer only my children were ready to go. The kids 8 and 11 were given a search game a...  more »
  • Cooktown is a place we visit often, and whilst we are here we never miss a visit to the museum. This is a fascinating place. The building itself is a beautiful old piece of the history of Cooktown, an...  more »
  • 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
  • Seeing James Cook's actual anchor was enough to make 4 stars and the rest of the displays plus helpful staff make it 5!
  • Amazing, simply a must do in Cooktown.