Museums in Jamaica
Long gone are the days when they were seen as “boring” and not a part of the vacation package. Today, a vacation in Jamaica is not complete without a trip to at least one museum on the island. Find out why you must visit one and where you can find the best Jamaican museums around town. After a visit to any one of our museums, you will have a better understanding of why Jamaica is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The Arawaks, the Spaniards, the British, the Chinese, the Indians and the Africans have all influenced our culture, traditions, customs and beliefs. Our museums in Jamaica showcase a glimpse of the past of art, music, currency, natural history and fashion. In past times, locals and foreigners shun the idea of going to a museum because they either felt it was not worth the visit or was not entertaining enough. Today you will find many tourists and locals travelling to the various museums to educate themselves on Jamaican history and to put together pieces from the past. Most persons visit museums on the weekend when they have a few hours to spear. However, the attendance is not close to the level it should be especially when the entrance fees are as low as going to the beach.
The majority of museums in Jamaica can be found in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Traveling around Jamaica you will find smaller community museums that contain a rich history of the community and its surroundings. For the most part, cameras are not allowed inside these museums but what you will see will surely be a apart of you forever. Below I have provided a list of all the registered museums and galleries in Jamaica.
The Coin and Notes Museum - The Coin and Notes Museum is in the Bank of Jamaica building and exhibits the history of Jamaican tokens, coins, and paper money. It is open 8:30 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday: 922-0750. Step back in time… and… Gallery Carriacou - The Gallery Carriacou is a fine art gallery, on the grounds of the Hotel Mocking Bird Hill. The gallery mostly features sculptures, painting and ceramic work but special events (such as dance and literature) are sometimes held here. The art… Gallery Hoffstead - World-renowned Jamaican artist Lloyd Hoffstead was born in Lucea, Jamaica. From his earliest days, he was very creative, and showed a keen interest in art. Lloyd was a naturally gifted student, and at the age of 18, was accepted to the… Bill Laurie’s Steakhouse and Museum - Dubbed the birthplace of modern Jamaica, the Seville property was where Christopher Columbus first encountered the Taino Indians on May 5thth 1494. Today the Heritage Park is a charming 300 acres property that allows you to step back in time to… HARMONY HALL - Harmony Hall was acquired in 1980 by Annabella Proudlock, who, with a group of friends, spent a year restoring the mid-19th century Methodist manse to its original glory. Promoting excellence in, and broadening the appreciation of Jamaican art and craft was… Coyaba Gardens - We have a new feature…”Ysassis Lookout Point”, which offers a panoramic view of Ocho Rios Bay, and the cruise ship terminals, adjoining the Mahoe Falls by a wheelchair friendly wooden walkway. Ysassi was the Last Spanish Governor of Jamaica, and… Columbus Park Museum - At Columbus Park Museum in nearby Discovery Bay, where the explorer first dropped anchor off Jamaica, you can view a water wheel used to power a sugarcane mill, as well as a canoe hollowed Arawak–style from a log. You’ll see… Greenwood Great House Museum - The Barretts of Wimpole Street fame came to Jamaica in the 1660s and amassed great wealth from their sugar plantations. They built Greenwood in 1790 as a guest house. Greenwood Great House located in the parish of St. James, on… The Bob Marley Museum - The museum is situated on the site of the legendary musician’s home, which he purchased in 1975. This house, featuring 19th-century architecture, was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. It was converted into a museum six years later by… Bolivar Book Gallery - This bookshop is situated off Half Way Tree Road and is one of the few bookshops and galleries in Kingston. There is an extensive range of publications including fiction and non-fiction works on topics such as architecture, gardening, herbal medicines,…