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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is open to the public,  is located in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, which covers over 120 acres,  two lakes and woodlands.  It is one of three institutions run by the Middlesbrough Museum & Gallery Service along with the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art .

Captain Cook Birthplace  museum opened in 1978, the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator, Captain James Cook.  This museum,  champions and surveys his life, times and subsequent journeys.  There is a granite urn erected in 1852, by local industrialist Mayor Henry Blockow, .to mark the site of the cottage in which Captain James Cook was born in, on 27th October 1728.

Some of the modest Cook-related collections which include household items and a speculative reconstruction of the birthplace cottage are comprise in the Museum’s display. For visitors there are a series of interactive displays and exhibitions and achives,  as well as a cafe, visitors centre and toilets.  Since April 2014 Northern Dales Farmers Market have hald a monthly event,  including larger events in the summer such as the Cleveland Show and Gypsy fairs.  There is also an extensive Pets Corner housing many domestic animals.

Sir David Attenborough reopened the second major refurnishment of Captian Cook Birthplace, undertaken in 1998, when it was re-opened to the public.  An External information board in deference to Marton’s position is the starting point for the Captain Cook Country Tour.  The park also hosts larger events in the summer such as the Cleveland Show and gypsy fairs.   Something for everyone

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