Ira Thompson

Celebrated as the father of Museums in the Cayman Islands, Ira Thompson collected almost everything. As a hobbyist, avid birdwatcher, and taxi man, Ira travelled extensively throughout Grand Cayman, showcasing his eclectic acquisitions in his Kiemanos Museum in the early 1930s.

Today, Ira Thompson’s contributions to the preservation of Caymanian culture are displayed in our Ira Thompson Collection, the core of our permanent collection. Below are a fraction of the objects acquired from Mr. Ira.

Coffee Mill Ship's Stool Goatskin Drum Mortar and Pestle Binding Press
Coffee Mill Ship's Stool Goatskin Drum Mortar and Pestle Binding Press
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1930s Template of the Nunocia Coffee Mill (Early 1900s) Crank Telephone (Early 1900s) Guitar Fish (Rhinobatidae) Ship's Templates