The Museum has housed numerous exciting exhibits that have showcased the diverse cultural heritage of our islands. From our series of From the Collection exhibits displaying our expanding collection of artefacts to fun and interactive exhibits such as Kitchen Dance, the Cayman Islands National Museum has offered the public a variety of memorable galleries that garnered us a popular reputation with locals and visitors throughout our twenty-five year history.
From the Collection (December 8th 2012-April 2013; Changing Gallery)
A broad sampling of artifacts from our Permanent Collection, including a number of pieces from the Ira Thompson Collection. From the Collection featured as its focal point, a 16ft dugout canoe likely made in Central America but used in the Cayman Islands, alongside a Pre-Columbian Metate, half-models, archaeological materials and other cultural and natural history items.
Our National Symbols (December 8th 2012- April 2013; Children's Gallery)
An interactive Children's exhibit on Cayman's National Symbols - from the Wild Banana Orchid, to the National Flag, Song, and Heroes.
Mr. Ed: A Thousand Words (May 19th 2012- November 2012; Changing Gallery)
A Celebration of the life and work of visual artist, Mr. Ed Oliver, and the students he inspired.
Ed Oliver arrived on Grand Cayman in 1969, and for the next thirty six years, traveled the Cayman Islands, forming an artistic relationship with Caymanian natural and cultural life. The Mr. Ed: A Thousand Words exhibit featured a selection of Mr. Ed’s pencil drawings, from portraits, to landscapes and still lifes.
A teacher as well as an artist, Mr. Ed inspired countless students through his ARTventures classes, a joint project with his wife, Barbara Oliver. TheMr. Ed: A Thousand Words exhibit featured work by a selection of these students, including Bendel Hydes, Marlice Watler, George Bodden and Raphael Bodden.
Mr. Ed’s Pencil Keeps on Moooving (May 19th 2012 – November 2012; Children’s Gallery)
This interactive exhibit engaged children with Mr. Ed Oliver’s love of art, and Cayman, via drawing and creativity. Kids expressed themselves through pencil drawings just like Mr. Ed, and got creative on a wall to wall chalk board.
This, the 60th Year of Her Reign (May 19th 2012 – November 2012; Special Tribute Gallery)
In honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, this exhibit celebrated the Queen’s 60 years on the British throne. A video screened the June 2nd 1953 coronation, alongside photographic accounts of Royal visits to our islands, Caymanian patriotism to the British Crown, and commemorative items including dinnerware.