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Turks and Caicos Islands Sights

Turks and Caicos National Museum

  • Duke St. Map It
  • Cockburn Town

Updated 01/14/2015

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In one of the oldest stone buildings on the islands, the national museum houses the Molasses Reef wreck, the earliest shipwreck—dating to the early 1500s—discovered in the Americas. The natural-history exhibits include artifacts left by Taíno, African, North American, Bermudian, French, and Latin American settlers. The museum has a 3-D coral reef exhibit, a walk-in Lucayan cave with wooden artifacts, and a gallery dedicated to Grand Turk's little-known involvement in the Space Race (John Glenn made landfall here after being the first American to orbit the Earth). An interactive children's gallery keeps knee-high visitors "edutained." The museum also claims that Grand Turk was where Columbus first landed in the New World. The most original display is a collection of messages in bottles that have washed ashore from all over the world.

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Duke St., Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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Sight Details:

  • $7
  • Mon.–Wed. 9–1; Thur. 1–5, plus all cruise ship days

Updated 01/14/2015


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