To learn about the history and culture of the Cayman Island, make a stop at the Cayman Islands National Museum. The museum is housed in a historic building—the oldest public building in the islands—made from traditional wattle and daub architecture and that has been used as a jail, courthouse and post office over nearly 200 years.
Permanent exhibits include a natural history gallery that explains how the islands were formed along with depictions of the underwater life you can see while snorkeling or diving here. A cultural history gallery offers insight into the Cayman Islands during colonial times and the era’s main industries of turtling and fishing. A handful of changing galleries include a kid’s gallery with hand-on activities so children can learn while also having fun.
The Cayman Islands National Museum is location on the west coast of the island, just a short walk from the cruise ship port. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, closed on Sunday. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for children (age 6 to 12), and free for kids 5 and under.