The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

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.

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Exploring Great Ayton

Our new audio trail guides you through the picturesque village of Great Ayton and looks for signs of Cook’s Cottage, an industrial past, and Quaker roots.

Find out more in the Museum on our new touchscreen display.

Great Ayton History Society has lots of useful information and can be found here

Latest news

Join us this Sunday (1st May) to watch the Tour de Yorkshire as it passses through our village.

The Museum was awarded money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand its size, refresh its displays, encourage exploration of the surrounding area and improve its online presence.

Come and see our bright new graphics and interative displays, and find the perfect gift in our new shop.

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Heritage Lottery funded

Planning your visit


101 High Street, Great Ayton,
North Yorkshire TS9 6NB
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1st April - 31st October
1.00pm - 4.00pm daily
July & August
11.00am - 4.00pm daily



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