Museum sights in North York Moors National Park
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This fascinating museum occupies the house of the ship owner with whom Cook began his seafaring career. Highlights include the attic where Cook lodged as a young apprentice, Cook's own maps and letters, etchings from the South Seas and a wonderful model of the Endeavour, with all the crew and stores laid out for inspection.
Set in a park to the west of the town centre is the wonderfully eclectic Whitby Museum with its displays of fossil plesiosaurs and dinosaur footprints, Captain Cook memorabilia, ships in bottles, jet jewellery and even the 'Hand of Glory' – a preserved human hand reputedly cut from the corpse of an executed criminal.