Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Reopens
By One Giant Leap
Monday 24 Mar 2014 15:41:00
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The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum will be re-opening next Tuesday (on 1st April 2014) for the Summer Season. The recently re-vamped, vibrant displays take you on a journey exploring Cook’s early life in Marton through to his three epic Voyages of Discovery.

New for this season is the exhibition “Learning the Ropes: Painting a portrait of Captain Cook and his Young Apprentice”. The exhibition looks at life on board the Endeavour for young Midshipman, Isaac Smith, compared with Captain Cook. The display includes portraits of both of these men, including a rare portrait of Captain Cook by John Webber, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery until the end of May 2014.

The loan of this portrait has been made possible through the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum’s involvement in “Making a Mark”, a project run by Tees Valley museums for local schools in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

An exciting series of workshops and events has been organised to run alongside the re-opening of the museum and the arrival of the portrait, including a launch event on 8th April. There will be an event for teachers and their families in the morning from 10am-12 noon, followed by a family event from 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Admission to the “Learning the Ropes” exhibition is free of charge.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays

9.30am - 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.45pm, and the shop will close at 4.15pm.

Admission to the main galleries is £2 for adults, £1 for children, carers and concessions. A family ticket is £4, and all tickets are valid for the duration of the opening season, (until Sunday 2nd November 2014) so you can come back as often as you like!

For further information on the exhibition and events please visit the website:

Portrait - James Cook by John Webber 1776 © National Portrait Gallery, London


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