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Captain Cook Birthplace Museum reopens for school holiday season

Leisure and entertainment

Thursday, 04 April 2024
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has announced its 2024 opening dates.

The Stewart Park museum has opened to the public for the Easter holiday season and will also open during May half-term and for the summer school break.

Long-term options for the running of the museum are still being considered as efforts continue to reduce running costs and attract more visitors.  

During termtime, the museum will welcome school trips on weekdays.

The next two weekends will see the museum host The Big Science Workshop.

Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke said: “I pledged that the museum would reopen while we do more work around its future.  

“I’d again like to thank the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust and councillors Dorothy Davison and Jason McConnell for their input. I hope as many people as possible can support the museum.”

Deputy Mayor Philippa Storey, who is also the Executive member for Culture, said: “There was a lot of support for the museum during the Council’s budget consultation and it’s really pleasing it will now be open during school holidays.

“Hopefully families from around the region will come and enjoy learning more about the history of Middlesbrough’s most famous son.”

Martin Peagam, Chair of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, said: “We are delighted to see the Birthplace Museum reopened, and thank the Mayor for his support in securing this.

“However, we recognise that we have yet to secure the long-term future of this important part of the local heritage. Many people signed our petition against closure.

“We now ask those people to visit the museum, buy a ticket, view the fantastic exhibits on display, and tell everyone what a great museum it is. In doing so, they will help secure the museum for generations to come.” 

Marton East councillors Dorothy Davison and Jason McConnell said: “We are pleased to see that the museum has reopened. As the local councillors and members of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust, we will do everything we can to secure the long-term future of the museum.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in ensuring the museum opened its doors again this spring. Our ambition is to see the museum fully open and not just during school holidays.”

The museum will be open from 10am until 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday up to and including April 14. It will then reopen from May 25 until June 2 and for the summer holidays from July 20 to September 1.

2024 entry prices are confirmed as follows:

  • Adults: £4.70
  • Children/concessions: £3.65
  • Family of one adult and three children: £12.55
  • Family of two adults and two children: £13.60.

All tickets are valid for unlimited visits during the museums opening times.

The museum hosts the fun-filled Big Science Workshop on Sunday April 7 and Saturday April 13.

Tickets are available now for the live demonstrations where children can take part in exciting hands-on experiments.

Workshops take place at 10am and 2pm on both days. Tickets are available online.