Staithes is world-famous as the place where Cook made his first contact with the sea, which started his incredible maritime career. He was employed in William Sanderson’s shop, an excellent and the world’s only re-creation of which is found here. This ‘museum’, which opened in 1993 after six years of development, truly is a hidden gem.

This treasure trove over 2 floors has a 1745 life-size street scene of Cook’s time in Staithes – and rooms on Staithes Families, Heritage, Fishing and Cook Prints. Themes also include alum, ironstone and railways. But pride of place goes to the huge collection of exhibits from Cook’s life, with over 200 books dating from 1773, 61 original Webber engravings from Cook’s 3rd voyage, letters, glassware, porcelain, medals, coins, a South Seas shilling, models of ships… and copies of Harrison’s H4 and Kendall’s K3 maritime timepieces. You really should seek out this fantastic visitor attraction.

Tel: 01947 841454

High Street
Nr Whitby
TS13 5BQ