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Bob Marley Museum
The Home of a Legend

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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

The life and musical career of Bob Marley is a very documented one. From interviews to books, it's all there for fans of the music icon to reflect on so many years after his death. But the holy grail of all things Bob Marley is the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The famed singer bought the property on which the museum is located in 1975. Marley lived in this 19th-century-style residence up until his transition in 1981. Six years later, his wife, Mrs Rita Marley, turned it into a museum. The primary museum features items owned by Marley. A well-equipped 80-seat theatre, photography gallery, record store, and gift shop with a broad selection of Bob Marley memorabilia are all available on the grounds. 

There are 3 tours offered at the Bob Marley Museum, they are:

The Bob Marley Museum Home Tour

As you enter the Museum and take a guided tour of this Jamaican Heritage Site, let them immerse you in Bob's sights and sounds. The main house, exhibition hall, theatre, gift stores, and the One Love Café are all located on the grounds, which you will tour with the assistance of professional guides.

For authenticity, every original room has been preserved exactly as it was when Bob lived here. A life-size 3-dimensional hologram of Bob from the One Love Peace Concert in 1978, his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, his private recording studio, his bedroom, his favourite clothes, a sizable collection of gold and platinum records collected from all over the world, as well as the outfits of his backing band, the I-Threes, are all on display.

This relaxing 75-minute cultural outing is largely handicap accessible for visitors using fold-up wheelchairs and walkers. Insect protection, sunscreen, and careful attention to water are advised as in all tropical climates.

Bob Marley’s “Making of the Music” Tour

Experience Bob Marley's pioneering legacy with his "Making of the Music" Tour, a 60-minute interactive, "edutaining" peek behind-the-scenes at the recording process from rehearsal to the album in the Caribbean's most renowned cutting-edge studio.

The rehearsal space is the first stop on this guided, participatory reveal of the complexity of music-making since it serves as the starting point for the planning and perfecting of an artist's performance and recording. The rehearsal room, equipped with a stage, microphones, keyboards, drums, a control board, and additional instruments, including one of Bob's very own grand pianos, has served as the ideal practice area for many of the biggest names in the global music industry.

You will see and hear about "Ride Natty Ride," the tour bus that the Legend himself acquired, while you travel through your musical odyssey. Enter the recording studio, one of the largest live recording spaces in the Caribbean, and follow internationally renowned footsteps into the artiste's lounge, engineer's room, and recording studio.

In the presence of the great man himself, look at pictures and discover information about the family, the band, and the numerous other global icons. Travelling megastars believe that a recording in this location, which is so ingrained in the Legend's history, is necessary for the validation of any credible reggae credentials. From the initial acetate disc and vinyl pebbles through the finished pressed 45 or LP, see firsthand how records are created. View and understand the operation of automatic and manual pressing equipment.

Combo “One Love” Tour

Reservations for the "One Love" combo tour are includes both the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong International on the same day. At both famous locations, tours are given every half-hour from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Your group will board the following tour after checking in on-site.

The Bob Marley Foundation

By carrying out social intervention programs, the Bob Marley Foundation helps the museum honour Bob Marley's life and legacy. These initiatives seek to maintain the musical, cultural, social, and spiritual principles that influenced Bob Marley throughout his life.

Marley for Education- Up to this point, the Marley for Education program has given scholarships for school supplies, tuition, and uniforms to almost 2,000 youngsters, ages 3 to 17, from struggling inner-city neighbourhoods like Seaview Gardens, Trench Town, and Tivoli Gardens.

Marley for Music- The Foundation has rebuilt and refurbished music rooms at the renowned Alpha Institute and in the downtown Kingston neighbourhood of Paradise Gardens through the Music in School initiative. These music rooms will help gifted young people fulfil their musical aspirations.

Marley for Youth Empowerment- Since 2015, the One Love Youth Camp has been held by the Bob Marley Foundation in collaboration with Partners for Youth Empowerment and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. The camp hosts 50 at-risk youths and facilitators yearly for a five-day residential camp experience that transforms and empowers them. The Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation and the Bob Marley Foundation collaborate to provide computers to rural Jamaican girls completing their education online.

Marley for Health- To improve healthcare delivery in Jamaica, the Marley for Health program has contributed about JA$15.4M in equipment to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, The Victoria Jubilee and St. Ann's Bay Hospital, and the Women's Health Network.

The trip to the Bob Marley Museum is an exciting way to learn more about the legend and his contribution to Jamaican music and culture. Another great place to learn more about Bob Marley is at the Bob Marley Mausoleum in Nine Mile, St. Ann, where the singer grew up and is buried.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 876- 630-1588
  • Email:
  • Address: 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica

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