Little Cayman Museum, Little Cayman

4.4
#6 of 10 in Museums in Cayman Islands
Little Cayman is one of three islands comprising the Cayman Islands. It is located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 60 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and five miles (8 km) west of Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is by far the least populous, with a permanent population of about 170. It is about 10 miles (16 km) long with an average width of 1 mile (2 km) and most of the island is undeveloped. Almost the entire island is at sea level. The highest elevation is about 40 feet (12 metres).Little Cayman is known for its excellent scuba diving and birdwatching, unspoiled wildlife habitat and laid-back atmosphere.Despite its small size, the island hosts a heritage festival and parade as part of Pirates Week, the annual Mardi Gras celebration of the Cayman Islands and the Sister Islands Cook-off.HistoryThe first recorded sighting of Little Cayman, along with Cayman Brac, was by Christopher Columbus on May 10, 1503 on his fourth and final voyage, when heavy winds forced his ship off course. At that time, he named the islands "Las Tortugas" for the many sea turtles found living there. The islands were later renamed "Las Caymanas" for the iguanas that were thought to be caimans living there.The first settlement on the island was in the 17th century, when turtle fishermen set up camps. After a raid by a Spanish privateer, the settlements were abandoned in 1671 and the island was not resettled until 1833, when Blossom Village was established by a few families. By the early 20th century, a few hundred people lived on Little Cayman and exported phosphate ore, coconuts, and marine rope.
Take a look at our Little Cayman road trip website to schedule your visit to Little Cayman Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Source
Create an itinerary including Little Cayman Museum
map
Little Cayman Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
49 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • We had to leave the museum before we really got to see it all. However, it was a beautiful building and I would suggest anyone visiting the area should definitely stop in for a tour. We had a lecture ...  more »
  • Very small museum with history of the island. No charge just a donation. For such a small island I was happy to see the islanders wanted to preserve it. Tonya the girl in charge was very knowledgeable...  more »
  • Go see what they to share about their island. Interesting. Ask for Tonya, ask her to tell you about the iguana's.  more »
Google
  • Must visit Owen Island, Point of Sand and Bloody Bay
  • Beautiful place
    View original
Places to stay near Little Cayman Museum

Plan your trip to Little Cayman

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Little Cayman Museum by other users

2 days in Little Cayman BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA March, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Little Cayman BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 45 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Little Cayman BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Cayman Islands BY A USER FROM SERBIA April, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans