James Cook Museum, Cooktown

4.7
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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  • Great displays and detailed accounts of James Cooks landing and the history of Cooktown. Airconditioned and very professional displays. Not to be missed when in Cooktown.  more »
  • If you have made your way to Cooktown, by all means vjsjt this museum, which is operated by the National Trust. The old Sisters of Mercy convent has been repurposed, beautifully restored, and artfully...  more »
  • Housed in the old Sisters of Mercy convent this museum provides excellent displays of the history of the region. Interestingly, the Museum details both the English and Indigenous accounts of Cook's la...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Only place in the world you can see Captain Cooks anchor. It is amazing reading all the accounts and it a beautiful exhibit.
  • Very interesting place, the staff are very knowledgeable, and friendly. The museum contains many artifacts from the local area
  • Wonderful display about Cook and his trials and tribulations housed in the beautifully restored Convent.

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