In one of the island's oldest stone buildings, the national museum houses an exhibit about the Molasses Reef wreck, the earliest shipwreck discovered in the Americas; it dates back to the early 1500s. It is even thought to possibly be the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus’s ships. The natural-history exhibit includes artifacts left by the Taíno (or Lucayans), the first settlers in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The museum also has a 3-D coral reef exhibit, along with a presentation on the history of diving, and a gallery dedicated to Grand Turk's involvement in the Space Race (John Glenn made landfall here after being the first American to orbit Earth). The most unusual display is a collection of “messages in a bottle” that have washed ashore from all over the world. You will also find a lovely little gift shop that offers Middle Caicos baskets and a great selection of books.