NOTICE: James Cook Museum closure

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) will be closing the James Cook Museum, Cooktown for essential conservation works and curatorial refresh.

The museum will close from 10 October, 2019, reopening mid-2020.

The planned closure will allow for essential repairs and improvements to the museum which was last refurbished in 2001, including access and interpretation.

“James Cook Museum is a must see when visiting Far North Queensland,” said Jonathan Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, National Trust of Australia (Queensland).

“The National Trust will continue to work with the local community to offer the opportunity to hear and share stories of the impact of Cook’s landing before, during and since 1770, empowering indigenous opportunity to mark the Cooktown 2020 Expo and beyond.”

The James Cook Museum is set in a stunning nineteenth-century convent, and houses an original anchor and cannon from the HMB Endeavour, and an extensive collection of local Guugu Yimithiir artefacts.
The museum tells the story of the interaction between Captain James Cook and the indigenous people – it is a story that is integral to Australian history, told from both perspectives, and is the first recorded act of Reconciliation.

The museum showcases the fascinating heritage of Cooktown – set on the banks of the Endeavour River, and the gateway to stunning Cape York.

Please refer to our website and social media for updates on this exciting project.

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We look forward to reopening mid-2020.

With kind regards,

Jonathan Fisher

Chief Executive Officer

National Trust of Australia (Queensland)