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Museums in and around the Esk Valley

There are a small number of museums in the area that bring to life the history of this part of the world be it, rural, seafaring or cultural

Find below a list of museums in the Esk Valley and surrounding area:

Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre

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The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre is an amazing treasure chest of memorabilia and antiquities related to the world-famous seaman, Captain James Cook..... and also of the village of Staithes where he lived and worked as a boy and where his life-long love of the sea was first kindled.
More information at:
Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre
High Street
North Yorkshire
TS13 5BQ

Tel: 01947 841454
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

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The Museum is in the 17th century house on Whitby's harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. It was here Captain Cook trained as a seaman, leading to his epic voyages of discovery
More information at The Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Grape Lane
North Yorkshire
YO22 4BA

Tel: 01947 601900
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove

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The establishment of Ironstone mining in this area assisted in the development of Teesside as a whole and played an integral part in the development of the industrial landscape.
The Education section of the mining museum provides schools and education bodies with tailored visitor programmes for students interested in the story of ironstone mining, and the development of the village environs.

More information at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, Skinningrove
The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
TS13 4AP

Tel: 01287 642877
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole

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The Ryedale Folk Museum is a great place to visit. Nestled in the beautiful village of Hutton-le-Hole, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, the museum offers a glimpse of the past.
Our atmospheric buildings and collections tell a story about a rural way of life from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Come and discover our friendly museum and enjoy a great day out for all the family.
More information at Ryedale Folk Museum
Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
North Yorkshire
YO62 6UA

Tel: 01751 417 367
Whitby Museum - Pannett Park, Whitby

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Whitby Museum is a treasure trove of local artefacts, objects, documents, books, maps, photographs, and paintings.
As well as the Library containing the archives, the main displays are Fossils, Geology, Whitby Jet, Costume, Natural History, James Cook, William Scoresby, Ethnography, Archaeology, Shipping, Social Trade, Domestic and Education, Bygones, Toys, The Abbey, Military, Coins plus a Temporary Exhibition on a variety of themes which change several times a year. All in all we have well over 80,000 interesting items to look at.

More information at Whitby Museum
Whitby Museum
Pannett Park
North Yorkshire
YO21 1RE

Tel: 01947 602908
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