Reopening for museum after PS500k renovation.
A POPULAR North East museum has reopened along with a new cafe after a major makeover.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park, Marton, Teesside, opens its doors to the public today after an PS500,000 refurbishment.
The Cook's Cafe opens alongside the museum, with a newlook kitchen and seating area. The reopening comes after new operators were secured, following the closure of the previous cafe Nana Tom's last November.
The museum also has a number of new attractions thanks to Arts Council cash.
New arrivals include the Gotta Catch 'Em All exhibition which introduces the 18th Century natural scientists and artists who sailed with Captain James Cook and their collection of natural history specimens which had never been seen before in Europe.
Senior museums curator Phil Philo said: "We're always excited to re-open for the new season, but this year is particularly special.
"It's all perfectly timed as the museum prepares for next year's celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage aboard Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean."