Chronicling the life and times of the iconic explorer, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum offers fascinating insight into Whitby's most famous former resident. Housed in the 17th-century home where a young James Cook took on his apprenticeship as a seaman, the museum’s star attraction is Cook’s attic room, decked out in period furnishings.
At the museum, visitors can learn about Cook's now-legendary voyages through a fascinating collection of artifacts, letters, ship models and maps. Pore over original letters written by Cook and his crew; follow his travels through maps and charts; see items brought back from Cook's long journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; and admire paintings of the voyages by Parkinson, Hodges and Webber.
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum is located in Whitby and is open daily—from 11am to 3pm from February 13 to March 24 and from 9:45am to 5pm from March 25 to November 6. The museum is closed from November 7 to February 12, but opens for private, prebooked groups.
Admission costs £5.40 for adults and £3.50 for children.