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Museum, next open Mon 13 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2020, £6.50-£26

	 Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.


Open again!
Weekdays 1100 - 1600

Pre-booked visits only. Book online via Museum website

New Prices. Children go free!


For your safety and enjoyment

Pre-book your party online • Up to 6 people from 2 related households per party • 1 hour visits, one party entry each quarter hour • 1 party per floor at a time • 15 minutes per floor • Please move promptly to the next floor at the sound of the ship’s bell. Keep social distance from the party ahead • Follow the Captain’s Rules as if you were under naval discipline! • Arrive on time. If late we may ask you to miss a floor. If very late we may turn you away altogether. This is to ensure social distancing and a smooth flow through the Museum • Additional precautions: Covid-19 training for staff, Hygiene Screen, PPE for staff, Enhanced cleaning during day, Hygiene stations and sanitizers, limited shop purchases, limited cashless payment on site • Our arrangements may change as Government Guidance progresses


The handsome 17th century house in Grape Lane is where the young James Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in the year 1746. It belonged to Cook's master, the Quaker ship owner, Captain John Walker. When Cook was not at sea, he lodged here in the attic with Walker's 'other family' of apprentices.

It houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire's most famous son. Original paintings, maps and manuscripts, ship models and Pacific artefacts tell the story of the Voyages.

Every year there is an exhibition in the attic on a special subject, bringing together treasures from all over the country.
'The celebrated Mr. Banks. Reputation and Legacy' is our special exhibition for 2020, on all season from 15 February to 1 November.

Commemorative Coins on sale at Museum, special issue from the Royal Mint for 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's First Voyage.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards for Excellence. Yorkshire Tourist Board, White Rose Award 2005 and 2012 winner, 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year'. 'Discover Yorkshire Coast' Tourism Awards winner, 'Visitor Attraction of the Year 2005

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Mon 13 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2020 Mon - Fri 11:00 to 16:00
Tickets and time slots must be booked online before visiting.
**To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**


Adult £6.50
2 Adults £13
3 Adults £19.50
4 Adults £26
Children (to 16) Free entry

Adult and school groups not yet permitted.

Entry includes exhibitions at no extra charge.
Visit our website to book online.

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 13 Jul - Sun 1 Nov Mr. Banks Reputation and Legacy


Grape Lane,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4BA



See location of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 900110  Lat: 54.48681 Long: -0.61182

From York, take the A64 & A169 north-east to Whitby.

From Scarborough, take the A171 north to Whitby.

From Teesside, take the A171 east to Whitby.

Follow signs to Park and Ride (best from Teesside or Pickering or park in Town Centre car parks. The museum is on the east side of the swing bridge over the River Esk, take immediate right turn onto Grape Lane. Museum is on the right hand side at the far end.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Whitby station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards for Excellence. Yorkshire Tourist Board, White Rose Award 2005 and 2012 winner, 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year'. 'Discover Yorkshire Coast' Tourism Awards winner, 'Visitor Attraction of the Year 2005

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesAudible alarm system

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


Lift access for wheelchairs to first floor, but not to upper floors. We provide DVDs on the ground floor for people with limited mobility