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James Cook Museum, Cooktown

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 280+ 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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  • Firstly, in case you're wondering, the visitor information is inside the museum entrance. We read that it was at the gardens on a tourism website. Secondly, the entrance is around the side of the buil...  read more »
  • Excellent museum showcasing the aboriginal and pioneer history of the Cooktown area. Spent a couple of hours looking at the exhibits and poking around the grounds. Admission was $10 for adults and $3 ...  read more »
  • A small museum and interesting, in a beautiful House of the golden age. There are so many news about life at the time of the gold rush and the explorations. To see. Bella Aboriginal section, among the best views in Australia.
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  • Very interesting and informative. Worth the visit and prices reasonable.
  • 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.
  • Very informative
  • This is such a stunning, grand building, steeped in Gold rush, Pioneering, Chinese and local Aboriginal history along with stories from the Nun's and students who had lived in this beautifully restored old convent back in the late 1800's right through to the Second World War. James Cook, the skilled & talented navigator, spent nearly 7 weeks in this area whilst the Endeavour was undergoing repairs. The scientific team made some incredible observations and recorded an amazing collection of plants and animals( including the kangaroo!) This is a very family friendly Museum and offers disabled access, has a lovely bookshop and range of quality gifts and souvenirs. Managed by the National Trust of Queensland, it is open daily from 9.30am- 4pm. Absolutely brilliant, with very friendly local staff to help with any enquiries- you can't miss it when in Cooktown!
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