Captain Cook Memorial Museum

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Grape Lane, Whitby
YO22 4BA

Opening Times:
February Half term weekends: 11/12, 18/19, 25/26 11001500
March: Daily 11001500
April to 3 November: Daily 09451700
Winter months Nov to Feb: Pre-booked Groups
School Groups 10+ 3.00 per child. Accompanying teachers and coach drivers free.

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The Museum is in the 17th Century house on Whitby's harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. It was here Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his epic voyages of discovery.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01947 601900
KS2/4 Teachers Pack 7.00
Risk assessment on request, dedicated education room, experienced education volunteers, introductory session, tour of the museum, place to leave bags, toilet facilities, wheelchair access to first floor, DVD guide to upper floors.

Learning Programmes:
KS1/4 introductions about Captain Cook and voyages of discovery. Topics include:trade and transportation, shipping, world geography, native cultures, diet, health and disease, and daily life in the C18th.  Art History - the museum has an impressive collection of original voyage art and botanical illustrations.
All visits can be adapted to suit the particular needs of the school or group. Optional hands-on activity sessions include 'Block and Tackle', Story-telling and artefact handling with Trevor's 'Treasure Chest'.

New outreach programme 'Fish & Ships' cookery sessions at local schools. Discover the mysteries of naval food with our 'picnic hamper' of culinary curiosities brought directly to the classroom - authentic salt pork, ships biscuit, portable soup and lemon rob.  Practical cooking activities provoke an interest in food hygiene and healthy eating as we learn how to avoid the dreaded scurvy. A fun, interactive approach to studying History, with a broad cross-curricular appeal.

Captain Cook, 18th Century maritime history and exploration, Pacific cultures, Art and voyages, Food and diet in historic times. 

The museum has four floors of exhibits, the ground floor furnished as Cook would have known the house as an apprentice. 

2013 exhibition - 'Oceans apart! Canoes of the Pacific'
Our latest exhibition brings together a wealth of material showing the variety of canoes and catamarans which astounded Cook and his men by their beauty, speed and manoeuvrability. They could even outpace the larger European ships!

Cook was fascinated, and he and his officers provide some of the earliest and most detailed insights into Pacific seafaring.

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