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Cook Birthplace Museum to reopen for 2019

One of the region’s best-loved museums sets sail on a fresh voyage of discovery early next month.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum re-opens on Tuesday, April 2 for its 2019 season.

This year marks 250 years since the great explorer landed in Tahiti and New Zealand, and will see the museum open up Cook’s story for younger visitors and their families.

Opening in time for the Easter break, the Stewart Park venue will feature a new family-friendly temporary exhibition.

The interactive exhibition features images from the popular children’s book ‘You Wouldn’t Want to Explore with Captain Cook’ illustrated by David Antram.

Filled with interactive activities to demonstrate the experiences on Cook’s first voyage, visitors can discover more about life on board a ship, the food they ate, dress up as an able seaman, experience the smells of life below deck and even try sewing a sailor into his hammock.

The re-opening will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 with a weekend full of activities with the Historical Maritime Society who will perform live demonstrations and a variety of hands-on activities throughout the galleries to show visitors what it was like to sail in the 18th century.

Throughout the year the museum will continue to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook’s first voyage with an events programme to suit all ages.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is located in Stewart Park, close to the site of James Cook’s birth, and 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.

Combine your trip to the museum with a visit to Cook’s Café which is open all year round.

Matthew Storey, Middlesbrough Council’s Museums Head of Transformation, said: “We’re looking forward to a busy season with a whole range of events, activities and talks planned throughout the year.

“Our new temporary exhibition Avoid Exploring with Captain Cook offers an interactive, family-friendly perspective on what it was like to sail during Cook’s first voyages which is a great addition alongside our permanent displays.

“We’ve planned an exciting programme of activity for all ages so look out for more information and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the museum.”

Museum entry is £4 adults, £2.50 children and concessions or £10 for an Explorer Pass which grants free entry to the museum throughout the year and admits up to two adults and three children.

Opening times are Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Find out more about the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum visit their website.