Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Great Barrier Reef Sights

James Cook Museum

  • Helen St. at Furneaux St. Map It

Updated 11/13/2013

Fodor's Review

Cooktown, in its heyday, was a gold-mining port town, with 64 pubs lining the 3-km-long (2-mile-long) main street; a significant slice of this colorful history is preserved here at the National Trust–run James Cook Museum. The former convent houses relics of the Palmer gold-mining and pastoral eras, including a Chinese joss house, along with Aboriginal artifacts, canoes, and mementos of Cook's voyage—notably, the anchor and one of six cannons jettisoned when the HMS

Endeavour ran aground. The surprisingly nice shop sells books and souvenirs. It's recommended that you allow at least an hour to pore over the exhibits.

Read More

Sight Information


Helen St. at Furneaux St., Cooktown, Queensland, 4895, Australia

Map It



Sight Details:

  • A$10
  • Daily 9:30–4, may close Feb.–Mar.

Updated 11/13/2013


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Sights

See all sights in Great Barrier Reef

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss