Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
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Established28 October 1978 (1978-10-28)
LocationStewart Park, Middlesbrough
Coordinates54°32′18″N 1°12′09″W / 54.53830°N 1.20240°W / 54.53830; -1.20240Coordinates: 54°32′18″N 1°12′09″W / 54.53830°N 1.20240°W / 54.53830; -1.20240
Nearest car parkUse Stewart Park car park

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is a public museum located in Stewart Park in Marton, Middlesbrough within the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is one of three institutions run by the Middlesbrough Museum & Gallery Service along with the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima).

The museum opened on 28 October 1978,[1] the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator Captain James Cook. A biographical museum, it champions and surveys his life, times and subsequent journeys.

This pink granite urn is inscribed with the text "This granite urn was erected by H.W.F. Bolkow of Marton Hall A.D. 1852 to mark the site of the cottage in which Captain James Cook the world circumnavigator was born Oct 27th 1728"
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Prior to its existence, visitors to the Park had long already been enlightened as to the location's historical significance by the erection by local industrialist and mayor Henry Bolckow of a granite urn[2] in the 1850s bearing Cook's name, within what were then the grounds of his own residence, Marton Hall. Marton Hall was destroyed by fire in 1960 during demolition, with only a surviving stone loggia[3] a telltale sign as to its former existence.

The museum itself comprises some of the modest Cook-related collections outside of the ownership of the major national and international collections; including household items and a speculative reconstruction of the birthplace cottage that was swept away amid the landscaping process for the Marton Lodge, home to the Rudd family, which stood here until 1793. Also on call to the visitor are a series of interactive displays and temporary travelling exhibitions as well as a cafe, gift shop, education suite and resources and archive room.

A second major refurbishment was undertaken in 1998 whereupon Sir David Attenborough reopened it to the public. External to the museum can be found an information board in deference to Marton's position as the starting point for the Captain Cook Country Tour, a product of the Cleveland-wide Captain Cook Tourism Association.[4]


  1. ^ "Welcome to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum". Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Middlesbrough Museums. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Memorial to Captain James Cook Circa 80 Metres South of Captain Cook Birthplace Museum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Loggia Circa 20 Metres South of Captain Cook Birthplace Museum". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Captain Cook Country". Captain Cook Tourism Association. Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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