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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Stewart Park

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum marks the site of Cook's birthplace in Marton on the outskirts of Middlesbrough and is situated in the beautiful landscaped grounds of Stewart Park. Outside a traditionally carved Nootka totem pole from Canada guards the entrance.

In 1996 the museum underwent a £1.2 million transformation. Its fresh approach to presentation, with computers, films, special effects and interactives, all make your visit more memorable.

The exhibit of James Cook's early life gives a unique insight into Cook's early days at Marton, Great Ayton and Staithes to his early seafaring career at Whitby and joining the Royal Navy. The Endeavour and Resolution displays show the three great voyages where Cook and his crew encountered many new peoples and lands. Artists and scientist recorded the strange plants and animals of the South Seas and Americas. Discover the creaking of the timbers below deck and the perils of the ocean. Launch yourself back into Cook's time through the Endeavour Shuttle. Find out how to provision Cook's ship for 100 men for 3 years. How many barrels of rum do you need to take? What is portable soup? And what were Cook's secret instructions?

The Museum is for anyone of any age looking for an account of life 200 years ago, a grasp of what it was like to sail around the world and, above all, adventure. A voyage of discovery for the whole family.

Further Information:

  • Tearoom
  • Museum shop
  • Facilities for school groups
  • Disabled access and facilities.

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    Please zoom in on map to look, The Grove is marked. Telephone for details of disabled access if unsure or you have any special requirements. 01642 311211.

    Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Postcode for SatNav: TS7 8AT


    +44 (0)1642 311 211
    +44 (0)1642 317 419

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