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Slavery be dead...we be free! 

This exhibition delves into slavery in the Cayman Islands, tracing its roots from the ruthless abduction of over 3.1 million Africans by British traders to the brutal realities of the Middle Passage. The arrival of the first Jamaican slaves in 1734 heralded the island's timber industry, shaping the fabric of early Caymanian society. Yet, amidst the toil, resistance burned bright, exemplified by figures like Celia Long, who dared challenge the status quo. The legacy of slavery, marked by private treaties and legal complexities, culminated in emancipation in 1834, yet the shadows of oppression lingered through the Apprenticeship System. The exhibition confronts this tumultuous past, revealing the resilience of those who fought against injustice and the enduring quest for freedom.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the hours of operation at the National Museum?

The National Museum is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Is there available parking at the Museum?

There is limited street parking or paid parking at Bayshore Mall.

How much does it cost to enter the Museum?

Please see our Visiting page for more information.

How long does it take to go through the Museum?

It takes about 45 minutes- 1 hour to go through the Museum - this includes a 20 minute introductory video. 

How long will this exhibition be on for?

This exhibition will be on through May 2025. 

Can I walk to the Museum from the Cruise Port?

The National Museum is located within walking distance of the Port.


Are there guided tours?

Guided tours are available by appointment. Please see our Visiting page for more information.

Are audio headsets with different translations available?

There are no available audio headsets, but we are working on getting those very soon. 

Is the Museum accessible by wheelchair?

The National Museum is housed within a historic building with limited accessibility; however, our ground floor and bathrooms are accessible. 

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