Turks and Caicos National Museum
Front Street Cockburn, Cockburn Town TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
Photo by Walter Bibikow / age fotostock
The Turks & Caicos National MuseumThe only museum on the Turks and Caicos Islands sits on the historic Front Street of Cockburn Town, on Grand Turk. Occupying Guinep House, one of the area's oldest standing buildings, the museum displays 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 wreck to be excavated in the Americas. Salvaged items on display include cannons, pieces of the ship's hull, and a variety of tools. There are also exhibits on local slavery and the indigenous Taino people who originally lived on the islands.