Hidden behind a charming colonial façade of whitewashed terraces and red-tiled roofs, the Turks & Caicos National Museum is one of the top heritage draws of the archipelago’s capital, Cockburn Town.
The building itself if known as Guinep House. (It’s named after the large tropical fruit tree that stands out front and is considered to have almost 200 years of history.) Inside and the collections begin in earnest, with the reconstructed archaeological remains of the iconic Molasses Reef Wreck – the oldest shipwreck in the entire Americas.
Thought to have been sunk around 1500, this ruined Spanish caravel offers a glimpse at the colonial powers that passed this way.
Other exhibits look at islander culture and the native Lucayan peoples who resided here before the arrival of the Europeans.