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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  • With a wide variety of history and artifacts to read and view, we spent just over an hour here, but could have easily spent much more. Definitely recommend a visit when in town!  more »
  • It is fascinating this, and the entire region, are named after James Cook, and there is only one exhibit dedicated to Cook. Funnily it was focused on the 42 days he spent trying to leave the area. It’...  more »
  • We were excited to see the real anchor and cannon off the Endeavour. There isn't too much regarding Captain Cook, and alot more information regarding the history of the building as a Convent and girls...  more »
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  • Was a bit hard to find the entrance. Wonderful museum. Details of Cooks trip excellent. Loved the authenticity of the place.
  • Great to see both sides of captain cooks landing. Very imformative . A must see while in Cooktown.
  • 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.
  • The manager Jackie is unreal ended up having lunch with her . A great place .
  • 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.

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