Great Barrier Reef Sights

James Cook Museum

  • Helen St. at Furneaux St. Map It
  • Cooktown

Published 07/21/2016

Fodor's Review

Cooktown, in its heyday, was a gold-mining port, with 64 pubs lining the 3-km-long (2-mile-long) main street; a significant slice of this colorful history, including mementos of Cook's voyage and Aboriginal artifacts, is preserved at this National Trust–run museum. The former convent houses relics of the Palmer gold-mining and pastoral eras, including a Chinese joss house; canoes, and the anchor and one of six cannons jettisoned when the HMS Endeavour ran aground. The surprisingly good on-site shop sells books and souvenirs. It's recommended that you allow at least an hour to pore over the exhibits.

Sight Information

Address:

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

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Phone:

07-4069–5386

Sight Details:

  • A$10; A$5 souvenir handbook

Published 07/21/2016

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