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James Cook Museum, Cooktown
(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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  • What an interesting museum and glad to see not just devoted to James Cook but they have a room devoted to history of Aboriginal people and some weird exhibits such as old dentristy items plus beautifu...  more »
  • besides most interesting collections on the different phases of Cooktown history, there is a parallel narrative of the Cook experience and legacy (Aboriginal and as derived from Cook's journals). 
  • Well documented museum portraying the many aspects of Cooktown, in ncluding Captain Cook, The Sisters of Mercy , the Gold Rush, the Chinese migration and the indigenous history. 
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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.