Welcome to The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Situated in the heart of Great Ayton, one of North Yorkshire’s prettiest villages, the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum tells the story of Cook’s early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas.

Educating an Adventurer

The Museum explores methods of teaching in the 18th century and the foundation of Charity Schools.

We follow Cook’s early life on the farm, to his important voyages and untimely death.

A great place to visit for all of the family.

Become a Volunteer

The museum operates with a terrific team of volunteers who welcome visitors, provide some guidance and encourage a revenue stream from the various artefacts on sale in the shop area.

Volunteers are essential to maintain our heritage and it is a very interesting role, if you would like to become involved, please contact Gail McCracken on 07909514667.

One of our volunteers Ann Hewitt has kindly written about what it is like being a volunteer. Click here to find out more.

Dates for your Diary

We are delighted to announce that we reopen for the 2022 season on Friday 1st April 1-4pm.

Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd 1-4pm
Sat 9th/Sun 10th 1-4pm

All other days including other weekends in April 1-4pm

Please follow us on Facebook for up to date opening times.

Planning your Visit

Our Address:

101 High Street, Great Ayton,
North Yorkshire TS9 6NB

Opening Hours:

Opening on 1/4/22, please check Facebook for times