Celebrating the life of one of Middlesbrough’s greatest sons, the British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy, James Cook.
Cook is famous for his three voyages between 1768 and 1779 in the Pacific Ocean and to Australia in particular. He made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.
The museum is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of James Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton.
It tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events – as well as a lively education programme.
Visitors can enjoy food from the on-site cafe, Cook’s Cafe, and a gift and bookshop.