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!

The National Trust will open the doors of the Museum to Discovery Festival visitors with free entry from 12pm – 5pm. 

Activities will include:

  • Guided tours of the museum
  • Hands on history activities for the kids
  • 1pm: Lecture with Richard Ferguson, State Manager, Heritage Museums and Collections, National Trust of Australia (Qld) and Harold Ludwick, Heritage Officer – Indigenous Guide (approx. 45 mins) 
  • ” Mainly Maritime: Stories and treasures from the James Cook Museum collection
    • Before the development of a road into Cooktown the primary transport route was access by water. While it may not be obvious to those who arrive by road, the Endeavour River was the primary link to the world beyond the Cooktown waterfront. Within the James Cook Museum collection are some lesser known treasures that link present day visitors to the maritime heritage of Cooktown and the region. Join us for a collections floor talk that will reveal some of the lesser known maritime stories from the collection. 

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