Learn about Captain Cook’s extraordinary adventures

Whitby, North Yorkshire

James Cook was Britain’s greatest explorer. See where he trained, understand what made him and read letters detailing his world voyages in Whitby.

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Look out to the harbour from the same window he gazed through to see where his ships were built. The Museum sits in the 17th century house owned by Cook’s master.

It illuminates Cook’s nine years in Whitby, his life in London and the reputation he earned in Canada and the Great Voyages to the Pacific, together with the crews, artists and scientists who sailed with him. And all of this is lavishly illustrated by original documents, artefacts and paintings.

Professionalism, modesty, care of his men, respect for indigenous peoples and above all leadership – Cook exemplified all these qualities.

Whitby, the town where Cook learned his trade, is a charming seaside town and is an ideal base from which to explore the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors.

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