The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Marton, Middlesbrough, UK




Temporary Exhibition

To Boldly Go:
The Adventuring Spirit of the Tees Valley

This exhibition takes you on a voyage of discovery to learn about the courageous lives of some of our region’s most impressive explorers and adventurers.

The Tees Valley has a rich heritage of pioneers going out into the wider world to make scientific and cultural advances in the fields of archaeology, astronomy and geology. Experience the stories of James Cook, Frank Wild, Gertrude Bell and Katherine Routledge and learn about their amazing contributions to scientific discovery.

• A Tahitian nose flute from one of Cook’s voyages of discovery.
• Part of a Dark Matter machine from the laboratories deep underground at Boulby Potash Mine.
• Items belonging to local man Frank Wild who sailed alongside the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.
• Pieces of pottery from the collection of Gertrude Bell, granddaughter of the local Iron Master Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell.
• A real cannon!
• A replica of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
• A Rudge Rapid motorcycle from the 1930s
• An interactive archeology discovery game for children.
• Colouring sheets with an exploration and discovery theme.


July to 31st October 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - Saturday until 17th July
Tuesday - Sunday from 19th July

Admission Charges to Galleries and Exhibitions:

Tickets can be purchased online using the link

To purchase the season Explorer Pass please call the booking office 01642 729729

Single Day Tickets:
Adult - £4
Concession - £2.50

Explorer Pass (Family Ticket) - £10
(2 Adults & 3 Children)
Explorer Passes are valid for the full
2019 season

Closed: Mondays including Bank Holidays

Winter 2021/22
1st November- Easter 2022


Cooks Cafe is open all year

Cafe opening times are:

Sunday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm


EVENT Information


Family Activities

Summer 2021

Half Term Poster

This summer Tees Valley Museums is holding a special festival for families and you’re all invited.
Get the whole family together this summer and help us celebrate your local museums!

We are hosting a programme of special events across our venues.

For mor information visit the Tees Valley Museum Website