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Open 17 May   BOOK ONLINE  for priority entry

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 2021, 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.

Captains Rules  
For your safety and enjoyment

• Book online
• For priority entry and avoid queueing
• Maximum, 6 rickets available for each quarter hour
• Entry every quarter hour, 1 hour visit
• 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.
• Our arrangements may change as Government Guidance progresses

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Adult £7
Child (up to 16) Free entry

Adult and school groups not yet permitted.

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



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups - Booked in advance


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

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: Whitby station is 0 miles away.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Type:Museum - Maritime

Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA
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Opening Times

* Open Daily from 17 May 2021
BOOK ON LINE for priority entry

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