The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Marton, Middlesbrough, UK


New Competition

Design and colour in the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Community Totem Pole for your chance to see your finished design painted on the Totem Pole this summer!

The newly refurbished Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is now open and offers a great day out for all the family!

To celebrate the reopening and brand new exhibitions on display in the museum we are giving one lucky winner the chance to see their design painted on the Community Totem Pole! To enter all you have to do is design and colour the Totem Pole!

Download and complete the entry form.

Competition Terms & Conditions

For your chance to win your artwork painted on the Community Totem Pole at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, send your entry to the Marketing Team, Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 500, Civic Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FY by Friday 11th of August.

• A maximum of one entry per person can be made and all entries should include the entrant's address with postcode, telephone number and email address.
• All entries must be received by Friday 11th of August 2017.
• Winners will be chosen from all qualifying entries. The panel's decision is final and no correspondence about its decision will be entered into.
• This prize is not exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash or any other form of compensation. The prize is non-transferable.• The winner will be notified by email or phone by Friday 18th of August.
• Unclaimed prizes may be used in future competitions or awarded to other correct entrants.
• The names of the winners may be published in publicity surrounding the competition.
• Winners may be asked to take part in promotional activity and Middlesbrough Council reserves the right to make use of the names and likenesses of the winners in publicity and promotion in print and online.
• Middlesbrough Council and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize.
• Middlesbrough Council and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or failure of an entry to be received on account of technical problems of any kind, any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile or any other hardware related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in relation to the competition.
• By entering this competition you agree to the terms and conditions above.

Temporary Exhibition

Gotta Catch 'Em All:
natural history collecting on
captain cook's Voyages

To start the 2017 season, a major new temporary exhibition about the collecting and recording of plants and animals on Cook's three great voyages. Including loans from national and regional museums of original specimens and drawings by the voyage artists seen or brought back on the voyage, including the work of Joseph Banks on the first voyage. Also featuring a representation of the great cabin aboard one of Cook's ships being used for the processing and recording of specimens.


1 June - 29 October

10:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday - Sunday

Winter 2017/18
30 October - Easter 2018





EVENT Information

Summer Holiday Activities

Tuesday 25th July
Creatures from the South Seas

Design your own unusual creatures from the south seas.

Pirates Ahoy!

Thursday 27th July
Pirate training day


Aaargh me hearties!! Fancy gaining your sea legs and learning the ropes from the Crew at the Captain Cook Museum?
Try your hand at these new skills and graduate with a fun pirate certificate for your efforts!

Collect your Pirate Log Book from reception, complete all tasks and gain your Pirate Certificate.

Explorer passes + £1 per child

Drop in Session

Friday 28th July
Drop in Day -Organised by the RSPB.

10am - 3pm

Come and find out more about the RSPB and how we can help wildlife in our local area.

Free Event

Craft Activity

Tuesday 1st August
Young explorers.

Find out more about scientific instruments used by Captain Cook.
Create your own explorer kit for imaginative play in the new walkabout gallery and take home.

Craft Activity

Thursday 3rd August
Printing Crafts

Try your hand at printing crafts on a natural history theme.

Story Telling with Live Animals

Tuesday 8th August
Amazing Creatures with Animal stories.

A wonderful opportunity to learn more about the weird and wonderful creatures of the natural world.
The experts from animal story will be on hand to tell you more about the habitats and adaptations of their animals and to help you handle some of these creatures from all over the world!

£2 per child.
£1 per child with an explorer pass

Craft Activity

Thursday 10th August
Design a creature.

Have you seen the unusual Fiji mermaid and the narwhal tusk on display in the museum?
Here's your chance to create your own unusual imaginary creature using the materials provided.

Special Event

Sunday 13th August
Tahitian and Chilian dance performers.


To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the discovery of Tahiti the Billingham International Folklore Festival have teamed up with the museum to offer an opportunity to see these amazing cultural performers at the museum.

(free event)

Craft Activity

Tuesday 15th August
Mosaic Tiles

A craft activity making beautiful mosaics in response to mosaic fish and rainbow serpent on display.

Special Event

Wednesday 16th August
Maori Performers.


We have teamed up with the Billingham International Folklore Festival to offer an opportunity to see this Maori group present cultural performances at the museum.

(free event)

Craft Activity

Thursday 17th August
South African Performers.


We have teamed up with the Billingham International Folklore festival to see the South African cultural performances at the museum.

(free event)

Craft Activity

Tuesday 22nd August
Shell fun!

On display is the beautiful collection of tropical shells collected by Scientist Joseph Banks on the Endeavour with Captain Cook.
Use shells to create your own piece of art to decorate your home.

Craft Activity

Thursday 24th August
Australian puppets.

Make your own felt hand puppet in response to the Australian animals in the walkabout room.

Unless otherwise stated, all craft events are £1 per child or free with your Explorer Pass.

Activities times are 1pm -3pm unless otherwise stated.
Last tickets for craft activities 2.30pm.

We regret that these are family events we do not have the capacity to accommodate any child minding or organised groups.

Maximum 4 children per adult please.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For further details about these events contact the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on 01642 311211