Experience the History

About this event


Saturday 15th, June


12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Location

James Cook Museum,
Cnr Helen & Furneaux Streets, Cooktown, QLD

Event Fees


Details about the event

Housed in a stunning nineteenth-century former convent, the James Cook Museum in Cooktown is one of Queensland’s best museums, showcasing the fascinating history of this remarkable town and is where you can view an original anchor and cannon from Cook’s HMB Endeavour!

In a Discovery Festival first, we are linking with the National Trust to open the doors of the Museum to Discovery Festival visitors. Free entry all day (Saturday).

Activities will include:

  • Guided tours of the museum
  • Hands on history activities for the kids
  • 1pm: Lecture with Richard Ferguson, Director, Cultural Heritage, National Trust of Australia (Qld):
  • “People, Places and Ports: How the exploitation of maritime and mineral resources shaped Cooktown”
    • Surrounded by water and steep forested hills, the site of present day Cooktown has been shaped by both its tropical maritime aspect and abundant terrestrial and maritime resources. The Wahalumbaal birri (Endeavour River) has provided inspiration for first peoples and has been the pathway between land and sea for melena. This presentation will look at some of the riverside rendezvous that have shaped the development and character of Cooktown and highlight a selection of objects from the collection of the James Cook Museum.

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