Cayman Islands National Museum

Cayman Islands National Museum, George Town: Hours, Address, Cayman Islands National Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cayman Islands National Museum

Cayman Islands National Museum
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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One of the best museums in the Caribbean, it features changing exhibits on the islands' human and natural history.
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< 1 hour
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada3,918 contributions
Admission was US$8 and credit cards are accepted. Displays are on two floors. The ground floor has the gift shop/post office, natural history gallery, the “old gaol”, and the audio-visual theatre. The theatre plays an 18-minute video that provides a good history of the islands.

The upper floor has the cultural history gallery, display about Cayman Airways, and a tribute to Alvin Allan McLaughlin (a distinguished Caymanian). It took me about an hour to walk through the museum.
Written January 12, 2020
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zxcharliebrown
Mason City, IA11 contributions
This museum is worth checking out. It doesn’t take too long to go through but it does a nice job of covering the history, people, animals, and life of the Cayman Islands. It was fascinating to see the graffiti on the walls of the old jail! Furthermore, this place has a fantastic selection of Caymanite jewelry at very reasonable prices!!
Written March 9, 2020
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,235 contributions
This is a must visit for $8 to get a glimpse of the history of Grand Cayman and George town. See the video,only about 20 minutes but worth watching. usual gift shop. A well documented museum.
Written January 22, 2020
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travelforfun90
Columbus, OH103 contributions
We spent an hour or so touring the National Museum. The video is quite informative and well done. The exhibits were also interesting although many were out of date (particularly in the Cayman Airway area). I was surprised that the "history" seemed to go back to the 1950's but not a lot before. We were glad we went. The staff was friendly and helpful.
Written March 14, 2020
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femveg
Dallas, TX16 contributions
Solo
Best part of Cayman trip! Loved to learn about the history, ecology, and culture. Updated with dioramas, video, and a cool faux submarine dive that shows you what animals are at what depth. Loved the Annie Bodden section too. What an amazing woman.
Written July 28, 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada10,149 contributions
This was a nice stop quite near the cruise terminal in Georgetown. It is definitely worth an hour or so of your time. There is interesting information on the island, it's geography, history and wildlife. It was interesting to see the old jail with it's graffiti.
Clean restrooms.
Written March 26, 2020
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Amandacraigterry
1 contribution
Family
We recently visited the Cayman National Museum.
Museums are meant to house relics and artifacts from a bygone era.
It is an insult to call this place a museum no matter how friendly the staff.
It is more of a tourist information centre for which you have to pay 8 dollars per person.
The place should be renamed the Cayman Islands National Information Center.
One room was full of photographs of local birds.
One room had a natural history presentation of the life cycle of a sea turtle and the Blue Iguanas.
There's the old Gail with four stone walls and nothing in it if that interests you !
There's a few old photos and an old bike but thats about it.
The most disappointing visit to a 'so called' museum that I have ever been on.
Save you money and buy an ice cream !
The oldest relic in there at the time was my wife.!
Written October 21, 2013
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reholc
Kalamazoo, MI6 contributions
The beautiful whitewashed Museum stood out like a beacon on the gaudy port strip of Grand Cayman. We paused to admire the historic charm of it, then ducked inside the cool interior. Ah, finally, some history and culture on our annoyingly commercial cruise. The local woman who welcomed us explained the layout of the museum as we stood in the gift shop area. She led us to a small theater, where we gratefully sat and enjoyed the cool dark and a lovely film presentation. Then, we followed the signs to view and exclaim over many exhibits and photos depicting the history of the Cayman Islands and the arrival of the British. The animatronic fisherman was most memorable. After enjoying the museum as long as we wished, we returned to the gift shop and bought a stunning Caymanite pendant for our daughter. The museum docent (or director, we don't know for sure) was so warm and friendly, we conversed with her at length. She recommended to us a fantastic local diner for lunch (Corita's Copper Kettle) and also suggested we return to visit Cayman Brac, as we enjoy caves and bicycling. Of the 4 ports we visited on our first-ever cruise, Grand Cayman was our favorite; and this museum a highlight. The people are genuinely friendly and happy and the islands are like paradise.
Written July 22, 2011
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skylandchinooks
rockaway, nj23 contributions
I had the pleasure of visiting the Cayman Islands National Museum on a recent visit. While the building is small, the exhibits are beautifully put together! Completely refurbished in 2009, the museum features a small auditorium space in which houses a first rate multimedia presentation, the Natural History Gallery and the Cultural History Gallery. All aspects of life on the islands are covered. There is also an archeological excavation going on on-site, so the research is on-going.

Have lunch in Georgetown, and then take an hour to tour the museum. You really owe it to yourself to enjoy this comprehensive exhibit
Written July 28, 2010
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BigTex62
Arlington, TX252 contributions
Couples
We visited the museum because my wife wanted some caymanite jewelry and we were told the had the best prices on the island. The people were very nice and my wife found what she wanted at a very reasonable price.
Written September 24, 2014
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