“ Captain Cook Birthplace Museum / Stewart Park / Marton / Middlesbrough / TS7 8AT / Tel: 01642 311211 „
My husband and myself visited the Captain Cook Museum last year with my then 6 year old daughter. The museum is situated in Stewart Park, and is quite a long walk to get to. The museum itself is very clean and well cared for, and admission is free, which is always a good thing in my book! Outside the museum there are some beautiful totem poles which my daughter and all the other children in the vicinity were fascinated by! There is also a cafe upstairs which sells a good variety of reasonably priced foods. The museum houses various exhibitions, including the permanent Captain Cook one, which we found interesting but I thought was a little bit too complex for my daughter to understand in places. To be honest it could have done with being a little more interactive and child-friendly to hold her (and my!) interest. Although my husband did find all of this information useful and interesting!
I would recommend visiting the Captain Cook Museum if you have an interest in the subject, but I myself won't be going out of my way to return in the future.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum forms part of Middlesbrough Museums & Galleries Service along with its sister venue - the Dorman Museum, situated in Linthorpe Road close to Albert Park. The Service is currently developing a new modern art gallery, called mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), due to open early 2007. The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 the 250th anniversary of Cooks birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cooks birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough. The museum tells the story of one of the worlds greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme. There is full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as the Discovery Room (education & activities), the Endeavour Room (meetings & events), the Resolution Resources Room (archive & research), gift/book shop, and a café. Since opening it has undergone a series of refurbishments and has won a number of major awards for its displays and services to visitors. Re-developments have been supported by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, One NorthEast, English Partnerships, Northern Electric, British Steel, Teesside TEC and North East Museums, Libraries & Archives Council.