The treasures inside this museum belie its modest façade, a charming but somewhat creaky-looking timber house built by Bermudian wreckers 150 years ago. You can easily spend a couple of hours poking about the two-story structure, packed with wonders like a Lucayan duho (chieftain's ceremonial chair) and a Lucayan paddle—the latter discovered in 1996 in a mangrove swamp in Grand Turk's North Creek—both estimated to be approximately 1,000 years old. A collection of messages in a bottle found on the Grand Turk beaches is a delight, as is a geological model of the Turks & Caicos islands—showing two spits of land rising almost 10,000 ft. above deep-sea trenches. The museum's first floor is devoted to artifacts from the wreck of a Spanish caravel that sank on the Caicos Bank (near Providenciales) sometime before 1513. Recovered from the Molasses Reef Wreck site were 16th-century surgical instruments, tools, cannons, and bowls, all on display in the museum. The museum gift shop is a fine place to pick up locally made crafts and jewelry, as well as a handsome new set of guides to birding in the TCI. Note that in addition to its regular hours, the museum is open on days when cruise ships are in town.