Captain Cook Memorial Museum Whitby

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Blue water sailing in the Pacific Ocean demands accurate navigation.  Done poorly, it could be catastrophic, as many vanished ships and wrecks testify.

The Sea Peoples exhibition explores Pacific sailing with both Polynesians and Europeans.  Polynesians were intrepid navigators who set out into the unknown, going eastwards to Easter Island, south to New Zealand and north to Hawai’i.  

Their methods of navigating were very different but effective, using a deep knowledge of currents, waves, ocean swells and the position of sun and stars.

Cook and his fellow Europeans used instruments, tested new inventions such as the marine chronometer, and created maps and charts.  The exhibition draws on their marvellous legacy of paintings and drawings together with loans from several major museums

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Exhibition at no extra charge'

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Languages

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

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

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.

Sea Peoples: Navigating the Pacific

Type:Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA
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Awards

  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Winner White Rose Award Winner 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWhite Rose Award Finalist White Rose Award Finalist 2016
  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Award For Excellence Gold VisitEngland Award For Excellence Gold 2016
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Sea Peoples: Navigating the Pacific (2 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:45 - 17:00

* **To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**

Entry includes exhibitions at no extra charge.

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