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James Cook Museum, Cooktown

(4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Loved the Museum. Was recommended it by a guest of the Mt Carbine Hotel when we stopped there the day before. Loved all the detail about Captain Cooks landing there, never knew any of it before. Spent...  more »
  • After we had learned much about the history of Australia and James Cook on our cruise at the excellent readings, it was just a must to visit this museum. The story through many items from the 19th century completed and very well presented.
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  • Very good and staff very informative. Family from UK loved it .there was lots of stories bout chinese in the early gold rush day and how the town was busg with lots pubs food ,  more »
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  • 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.