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James Cook Museum

50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage.
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50 Helen Street, Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5386
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must visit place Worth at least 2 hours if your time Learn about Australia's founder Captain Cook and how his crew faced near death A wonderful place to visit

Thank Marshall S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum with some prior knowledge of Captain Cook's stay in Cooktown to repair his ship 'Endeavour'. This is a great museum - very well laid out & most informative & all in the refurbished Cooktown Convent which is a beautiful building. Well...More

Thank LeoneWC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Endeavour's anchor is worth the visit on its own. The background on Cook's landing was worth seeing. I really enjoyed the exhibit on the original Cooktown inhabitants too.

Thank Helen A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An extremely high quality museum in a very interesting old convent. I took the 2 teenagers there with our family and there were many things that they were fascinating to them such as Captain Cooks anchor and cannon and the exchange phone system. Make sure...More

Thank corrod1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great old building in the backstreets of Cooktown, Staff were very helpful and it was worth the visit to get a handle on Cooktowns' history and origins. Chinese component was well presented but I was sorry to see a lot of exhibits in drawers that...More

Thank Rod M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent over an hour here exploring the treasures in this beautiful old building. A must do when visiting Cooktown. Lots of history to learn about.

Thank Grammy1405
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you would hope, this Museum allows you to basically stroll through a period of our early history with diary extracts from Cook, Banks etc, and local Aboriginal elders interpretation of the initial contact with Çook. The ensuing gold rush and Chinese influence in the...More

Thank Phillip8789
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The James Cook museum has interesting story boards outlining the history of Cooks stay in Cooktown. The museum covers the history of the convent in which it is located, history of Cooktown and Aboriginal history in the area. I enjoyed it. The kids thought it...More

Thank anita1110
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well organised exhibition with plenty of information about all the exhibits. My son enjoyed doing the children's challenge he was given at the beginning to find particular items. It really Made him slow down and have a look. Interesting information about the...More

Thank Melanie A
CooktownMuseum, Manager at James Cook Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Melanie, Thank you for taking the time to review us on trip advisor . I am so glad to hear that both you and your son enjoyed your experience here at the museum and that the quizz served it's purpose well ! Happy travelling....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located close to the main street, The James Cook Museum is an interesting history of Cooktowns past. Also there was the anchor and a gun from the Endeavour. Be aware that the Museum is no longer the information centre even though it is still on...More

Thank HW08
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Response from 403peteh | Reviewed this property |
OPEN: Low Season : October to April inclusive 9am-4pm – Tuesday to Saturday High Season : May to September 9am-4pm – Daily CLOSED: Sunday and Monday. Public Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day... More
Wayne D
8 May 2016|
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Response from Carmen T | Reviewed this property |
It's 327 K's and an interesting drive