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Turks and Caicos National Museum
The only museum in the Turks and Caicos sits on the historic Front Street of Cockburn Town, on Grand Turk. The museum occupies Guinep House, one of the area's oldest standing buildings. The museum was created largely to display artifacts from the Molasses Reef shipwreck, a sunken caravel found off West Caicos. The ship, which dates from the early 1500s, makes this is the oldest European shipwreck to be excavated in the Americas. Salvaged items on display include cannons, pieces of the hull, and a variety of tools. There are also exhibits on local slavery and the indigenous Taino people who originally lived in the islands.