James Cook Museum, Cooktown

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    Well worth a visit. Set in an historic building The Capt Cook exhibits on the ground floor are excellent. Other exhibits also very good. Young woman at reception was outstanding and very welcoming as ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    My husband & I loved the museum, it provides a thorough explanation of Captain Cook & the damage done to the Aboriginals. I also enjoyed the history of Chinese settlement in Cooktown. Well worth a vis...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Interesting little Museum well worth the visit., and get to see the original anchor of the endeavour plus one of the original cannons.  more »
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  • A must do in Cooktown. Highest rated attraction and well worth the visit. Allow 3 hours.
  • t was an amazing start to my Christmas holiday to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit the James Cook Historical Museum at Cooktown on Christmas Eve.The museum is in a stunning building that had been approved for demolition in the 1960's. It had been a Catholic school, so perhaps thank god it was saved and restored. Cook has rightly been called the greatest explorer of all times. His first voyage marked the beginning of British interest in our continent. When his ship HMB Endeavour struck the Great Barrier Reef on 11 June 1770. If his ship had been lost the history of this continent would have been very different. I was given what I am guessing is the usual warm and friendly reception that Jacqui Herrmann, the manager of the Museum gives visitors. To see the Endeavour's anchor and one of its original canons was inspiring. There is also the piece of the Endeavour that explored its way to the International Space Station and back. Cook would have been proud. Cooktown has a special beauty. Cook's outstanding seamanship saved his ship and it was lick that let him spend his time repairing his ship in Cooktown - paradise on earth.
  • 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

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