James Cook Museum, Cooktown

4.6
A fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibits housed in a beautiful, colonnaded former convent, James Cook Museum recalls the history of Cooktown and Captain James Cook, from whom the town gained its name. The museum’s collection includes the original anchor of Cook’s ship, HMS Endeavour, as well as a number of items and stories from the town’s early residents. The story of Cook’s arrival in the region is also told from the Aboriginal perspective. Use our Cooktown route planner to add James Cook Museum and other attractions to your Cooktown vacation plans.
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  • If you ever get to Cooktown the James Cook museum is a must. A wonderful building and some fine exhibits, Our visit was enhanced by the talk given to visitors by a member of the staff. (Get there by 1...  more »
  • This was an excellent museum on Captain Cook. Harold gave us a entertaining and informative talk on the encounters of Cook and the local aboriginals. It is a credit to the local community to have such...  more »
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  • Very lovely place to visit and provides you with extensive history about James Cook and the local Cooktown area. I was also amazed at the size of the anchor when we walked through the front door.
  • The James Cook Museum Cooktown is located in a former convent now a National Trust property. There is an extensive collection of historic artefacts from the local area. A highlight is the Endeavour Gallery which provides an insight into the 7 weeks Cook & his crew spent here. The anchor and a cannon from the Endeavour are on display. This museum is well worth a visit.

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