31st March – 1st November 2015
Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum will re-open to the public on 31st March for its 2015 season.
The museum, situated in Stewart Park close to the site of James Cook’s birth, follows the naval explorer’s life from his early years and education, through his time in the Merchant Navy, to Cook’s distinguished Royal Navy career, including his three great Voyages of Discovery.
The galleries, which were refurbished in 2013, are engaging for visitors of all ages and display many fascinating natural history and ethnographical objects from around the world including loaned items from the Horniman Museum, National Maritime Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
2015 sees new features for visitors to enjoy, including a brand new temporary exhibition, ‘Pacific Predators’. This exciting display takes a look at the lifestyle of three real-life ‘sea monsters’ and examines their significance to the traditional cultures Cook encountered.
The museum will also be showcasing new objects including a replica of an 18th century New Zealand Maori carving and one of the few surviving examples of a rare book assembled from pieces of tapa cloth actually brought back from Cook’s voyages.
Prices for entry to the museum will remain the same as 2014, with adult admission at £2 and children/concessions at £1. Family tickets are priced at £4. When an admission ticket is purchased, visitors will be issued a season pass which allows free visits to the museum for the rest of the 2015 season.
The museum shop reopens with some exciting new lines and while you’re visiting, why not pop into Nana Tom’s café, which is open all year round.