The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Marton, Middlesbrough, UK

Information for teachers planning a visit.

Education Officers

  • The Education Officers are on site to help you plan and arrange visits, organise bookings for the education suite, facilitate guided tours and workshops, advise about our facilities and recommend resources.
  • Our Education Officer can be contacted by telephoning Jenny Phillips on 01642 515656 or e mailing

Curriculum based Tours and Workshops
The museum offers a variety of services tailor-made to suit the needs of your group. However you can still visit the museum without taking up any of these services. Advance booking for all visits is required. All bookings are subject to availability.


Self-led sessions:
Our standard admission charge of £2 for children and £3 for adults applies to all self-led visits, with 1 Adult free for every 10 children. If you require a space for lunch or workshops our Endeavour room can accommodate up to 60 children. Booking is essential.

Staff-Led Sessions:
Sessions run from either 10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 3pm. All day sessions from 10am to 3pm are also available. A full day visit is recommended for groups with an Education Officer. Most sessions can accommodate a maximum of 60 children. Booking is essential.

Please contact the Education Officer to discuss your particular project needs.

We offer a variety of workshops, some of which have been designed to complement the Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects.

Captain Cook – A significant local individual from the past.
Full day guided tour and workshop
Stage: KS1 / 2
Main Subject Focus:

Children will learn about Captain Cook as a significant person in their own locality. Compare Captain Cook to other explorers including Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong and others.(Links in with the cornerstones Land Ahoy! , superheroes and Heroes and villains modules)

Half day taught session
Stage: KS1 / 2
Main Subject Focus: English and Art

Children will increase their familiarity with myths, legends and traditional stories from other cultures and traditions. They will increase their awareness of different kinds of art.

Ice Worlds
Half day taught session
Stage: KS2
Main Subject Focus: Geography

Identify the significance of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles through learning about Captain Cook’s experiences in the polar regions. (Links in with the cornerstones Frozen Kingdoms module)

North America and Captain Cook
Half day taught session which can be extended to a full day by looking at different types of traditional North American habitations in Stewart Park.
Stage: KS2
Main Subject Focus: Geography

Pupils will extend their knowledge beyond the local area to include North America. They will learn about a non- European society that provides contrasts with British history. They will improve their mastery of art and design techniques. Links in with the cornerstones Road Trip USA module)

Pacific Predators
Full day taught session
Stage: KS2
Main Subject Focus:
Art and Science

Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. Sketch and record observations of marine creatures from different seas and oceans of the world in the museum’s collections. Record findings using simple scientific language. Improve mastery of art techniques, including drawing and sculpture. (Links in with the cornerstones Blue Abyss module)

Scurvy Sea Dogs
Half day tour and workshop
Stage: EYFS / lower KS1
Main Subject Focus: English and History

Children will become familiar with life at sea for 18th Century sailors including pirates and our significant local hero Captain Cook.

Local Heroes
Half day tour and workshop
Stage: KS2
Main Subject Focus:

Children will learn about significant people and places in their own locality, and how aspects of national history are reflected in the achievements of our local heroes.



Our Charges for 2015-September 2016

  • £2 per child for a half day staff-led session
  • £4 per child for a full day staff-led session
  • A room for lunch is provided when booking sessions led by the museum staff
  • Self led sessions- normal admission applies (1 free adult per 10 paying children)
  • Cost for hire of Endeavour (lunch) room for self led visits is £60 for a half day.


Loans boxes

We have a number of Loans Boxes filled with ideas and resources to bring your classroom to life with pre- and post-visit activities:

  • Captain Cook
  • Australia
  • Pirates
  • Explorers and Pioneers
  • Nanny Twice

There is a charge of £10 per half term per Loans Box. Preference is given to schools visiting the museum. Schools must pick up and return each Loans Box.

Booking is essential by telephoning Jenny Phillips on 01642 515656 or e-mail

Teacher's Pack

A teacher's CD is available to assist teachers and group leaders in organising their visit. Included in the pack are information sheets, pupil worksheets and on-site activity ideas. The pack is available from the museum shop price £3 or £4 mail order.

Museum Facilities

  • The museum has 2 lifts that allow for wheelchair and pram access to every floor in the museum.
  • There is a disabled badge holder’s parking bay at the front of the museum. Access to this car park is via The Grove entrance to Stewart Park.
  • A wheelchair is available for use by visitors. Prior notice is preferred.
  • A disabled toilet is located on the ground floor
  • The Discovery Centre can accommodate up to 30 children. It is a bright, stimulating classroom packed with information, resources and ideas. This room is used for interactive workshops for visiting groups with and Education Officer.
  • The Endeavour Room can accommodate up to 60 people. This room hosts temporary exhibitions and is also used for school lunches, lectures, events and meetings. Advance booking is essential.
  • A shop is housed in the reception area, which sells a range of stock, from “pocket money items” to quality gifts.
  • Male, Female and disabled toilets are located close to the main entrance of the museum.


  • The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is operated by Middlesbrough Council. It is governed by all the normal local authority regulations and insurances.
  • To gain the most from their visit children should be closely supervised. We suggest a ratio of 1 adult per 10 children.
  • We suggest that you bring a maximum of 90 children on self-led visits. It will be useful to split into smaller groups of 30 and stagger entry by around 10 minutes to avoid bottlenecks.
  • Disabled parking and coach access to the museum is from The Grove entrance into Stewart Park.
  • A visit can take from 2 hours to a full day. The museum offers free admission for teachers prior to their class visit to aid planning.
  • To prevent bottlenecks in the reception area please arrange for small groups to visit the shop at separate times during your visit.