In Cayman, reminders of an earlier era are never far away. Here are several fascinating heritage sites and cultural attractions to explore.
The Catboat Club’s waterfront clubhouse is located downtown next to the Lobster Pot restaurant at Whitehall Bay. The two-storey historic building, built over a century ago, features a museum highlighting the history of the catboat along with maritime memorabilia and artifacts.
The Mission House historic site includes a traditional Caymanian two-storey home. The property rose to prominence in the 1800s and became known as the home to early missionaries, teachers and families who lived and contributed to establishing the Presbyterian ministry and school in Bodden Town.
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
The gallery features a permanent art collection and changing exhibits, giving insight into the island’s seafaring past, culture and traditions. The 9,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art learning centre and art studio, and auditorium for public lectures and film screenings.
Pedro St. James
Known as Cayman’s castle, this 18th century great house in Savannah is a national historic site. Hailed as the birthplace of democracy, it’s where the leaders of the day met in 1831 to form the first elected parliament. There are interpretive displays, guided tours and a 3-D multi-sensory presentation.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The National Museum is the oldest public building in the Cayman Islands. The structure was built in the 1830s using traditional wattle-and-daub architecture, and served as a jail, courthouse and post office. Its permanent collection showcases the cultural and natural history of the Cayman Islands. There are changing exhibits as well.