The Museum building not only houses our national treasures today, but is the oldest public building in the Cayman Islands. Used as a jail, courthouse, dancehall, and postal office, among other functions, the Museum building is an important piece of our history, in and of itself.
Constructed using the traditional method of wattle and daub architecture, the Museum building dates back to the 1800s, and remains even till now, a focal point of George Town’s harbour alongside other historical sites that include Elmslie Memorial Church, Fort George, and the George Town Public Library.
Our historic building continues its public service today as the Cayman Islands National Museum, with an aim to preserve and promote Caymanian history and culture.
Unlike all the other galleries, which are permanent, the purpose of the Changing Gallery is to display temporary exhibits that will rotate periodically on an annual schedule reflecting objects of topical interest. Components of each Changing Gallery exhibit are to be reflected concurrently in the nearby Children Gallery. This will enable the younger age group to be exposed to and enjoy the Changing Gallery’s various subjects through hands-on exploration and play. The Changing Gallery’s regular renewal injects previously missing novelty of experience for return visitors, and thus serves as a key magnet for the entire Museum.
Be sure to visit "The Caribbean Kitchen" – at the Old Gaol Café for local food and drinks located on the museum site.
The Changing Gallery will regularly feature exhibitions of topical interest.