Museums are educational, engaging and interesting for individuals of all ages to explore. If you enjoy learning about the culture of new places, there's a good chance you visit the local museums when you travel.
In addition to providing a wealth of information about the history of a location, museums are great places to visit on rainy afternoons, or if you're looking to stay out of the sun for a few hours. Caribbean travel destinations are home to many great examples; if you're visiting the islands, check out the Cayman auto museum, national museum or the Mission House.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The Cayman Islands National Museum is located at the corner of Harbour Drive and Shedden Road in Grand Cayman, which is opposite of George Town's Harbour. Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, this establishment is also open on some holidays. The national museum opened in 1990 and, following a hurricane in 2004, was opened once again in 2009. This museum is dedicated to the heritage of the Cayman Islands, and boasts over 7, 500 items, including historical documents, coins and specimens. Visitors can explore natural history, cultural history and art collections, as well as current exhibits. Upcoming National Museum exhibits include "Migratory Birds of the Cayman Islands" and "Birdie," a children's special. The museum also hosts regular events, such as speaker series, and guests will enjoy the on-site gift shop and cafe.
Cayman Motor Museum
The Cayman Motor Museum is located at 864 North West Point Road, in Grand Cayman's West Bay. The only car museum in the islands, this unique establishment is home to over 75 rare models of cars and motorbikes. Open Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 5pm, the Cayman Motor Museum was opened in 2010. With an admission fee of $15.00 for adults, and half of that for children who are under the age of 12, visitors are able to experience the automobile history of the islands for an economical price.
The extensive range of unique cars on display includes a replica of a 1905 Cadillac, which was the first vehicle ever driven in Cayman, the original Batmobile, a Batcycle replica, a Daimler DK400, the first limousine owned by the second Queen Elizabeth, Elton John's 1963 Bentley and, last but not least, the first vehicle ever made, an 1886 Benz. The Cayman Motor Museum can be rented to host special events, and there is an on-site gift shop.
The Mission House
Cayman's Mission House is a historical site that is often referred to as one of the islands' museums. A two-storey house, this site was used by settlers in the 1700s, who took advantage of the fowl for hunting, as well as the available water sources. Several families are known to have owned the Mission House, and, today, the way in which Cayman's past residents lived is recreated in the home, including real historical artifacts that were owned by past tenants. Located at 63 Gun Square, in Grand Cayman's Bodden Town, the Mission House is also home to a Cayman Islands Natural Archive resource room and National Museum display, and there is an on-site store.
The Mission House, Cayman National Museum and Cayman Auto Museum are great resources for learning about the culture and history of these beautiful islands. Whether you're looking to explore artifacts from the 1700s, or simply want a family-friendly, indoor activity on a rainy afternoon, the museums of Cayman are a great choice. Make sure you pay a visit to these establishments during your next Caribbean vacation.