The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Marton, Middlesbrough, UK



Museum Galleries Opening Hours

Our display galleries and shop are now closed for the Winter.

2019 Season starts 2 April 2019

During winter closure we are able to offer school and large group visits by prior arrangement.
For further details please call Jenny Phillips 01642 515656 or email

Cooks Cafe is open all year

Cafe opening times are:

Sunday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm


For further information please contact reception 01642 311211 or the Dorman Museum 01642 813781

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The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum forms part of Middlesbrough Museums & Galleries Service along with its sister venue - the Dorman Museum, situated in Linthorpe Road close to Albert Park.



The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme.

There is full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as the Mess Deck(education & activities, meetings & events), Walkabout Gallery (education), Cabinet of Curiosities (archive & research), gift/book shop, and a café.

Since opening it has undergone a series of refurbishments and has won a number of major awards for its displays and services to visitors. Re-developments have been supported by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, One NorthEast, English Partnerships, Northern Electric, British Steel, Teesside TEC and North East Museums, Libraries & Archives Council.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Trust needs your Help.

A 'GoFundMe' FUND-raising appeal has been launched to acquire a rare Captain Cook artefact for Cook's birthplace museum.

The 18th Century japanned tea tray features a depiction of the legendary explorer's death painted by Edward Bird RA.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, registered charity no. 507317 is appealing for donations to help it meet the 34,500 asking price to return it to its former home.

The tray a rendering of George Carter's 1781 painting of Cooks death scene - dates from the 1790s and was presented to Middlesbrough funding father Henry Bolckow in the 1850s or 1860s.

Please help us raise the funds required to return the item to Middlesbrough.