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.
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Turks & Caicos National Museum
Guinep House, Front St., Cockburn Town, Grand Turk
Our Rating Neighborhood Cockburn Town Hours Mon and Wed 9am–1pm, Thurs 1–5pm (open all cruise ship days, check schedule at www.grandturkcc.com/Port-Schedule.aspx) Phone 649/946-2160 Prices Admission $7 nonresidents, $5 Grand Turk hotel guests and cruise ship visitors, free for children 11 and under Web site Turks & Caicos National Museum