Museums in Jamaica
The Best Galleries To Visit
Sharing Is Caring! Share this awesome content with your friends now.
New! See the real Jamaica in VIDEOS!
Click Here and see why over 140,000 fans are raving about my YouTube Channel!
Museums In Jamaica
contributed by Rosemarie Gordon-Cole
The establishment of Jamaican museums was born from a desire to create a vehicle that would promote some form of social grace amid the Jamaican society, this by way of exposing them to how people in other parts of the world lived.
New! Ready To Visit Jamaica?
Join countless of travelers who have already unlocked the secrets to experiencing Jamaica on a budget. Click Here and find out how.
And, if you ever need a trustworthy, friendly and knowledgeable local guide, consider booking a private tour with us!
This exposure was through the use of literature, science and art and was way back in the colonel days.
Sir Anthony Musgrave was the man that was consumed with the dream to create such a vehicle, and did so in 1879.
He founded the Institute of Jamaica, the first museum not just in Jamaican but also in the Caribbean.
One drawback to this otherwise brilliant implementation was that it only catered for a selected group of people who at that time were considered residents from the “upper echelons” of society.
It was not until the mid 1930 when a group of Jamaicans armed with exposure from being educated outside of Jamaica decided
that it was time that the ordinary Jamaicans got the opportunity to highlight “their places, faces and concerns” through the
programmes and exhibitions that were organized by the institute.
This revolution eventually gave birth to other forms of museums in Jamaican. To date there are twenty registered museums
(most of which are found in the eastern part of the island) and a number of small unlisted ones spread out across the island.
They offer a mixture of natural/national history, object centered, community and art.
Presently the Institute of Jamaica is located on East Street in Kingston, where is caters to the masses and oversees the
- Natural History Division (formally the science museum)
- National Gallery of Jamaica
- African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank
- Museums Division
In addition to the above mentioned institutes, here is a listing of some other notable Jamaican museums.
- National Art Gallery - 12 Ocean Blvd. Kingston - (876) 922- 1501/8540
- Liberty Hall - 12 East Street, Kingston - (876) 948 – 8639
- The Bob Marley Museum - 56 Hope Road, Kingston – (867) 927 9152
- National Gallery of Jamaica –12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston – (876) 922–1561
- People’s Museum of Craft and Technology - Old Kings House Sq. Spanish Town - (876) 907–0322
- Clonmel Potters Gallary -84 Lady Mustgrave Rd, Kingston, 1(876) 978 3978
- Bob Marley Museum -56 Hope Rd, Kingston - (876) 927-9152/978-2993
- Gallery of West Indian Art -11 Fairfield Ave, Montego Bay - (876) 952-4547
- Hanover Museum -Lucea, Hanover 1(867) 956-2584
- Gallary Joe James -Rio Bueno, Trelawny, 1(876) 954-0048
- Outameni Experience –Trelawny – 1(876) 954-7035/617-0948/9
- Reggae Xplosion -Ocho Rios - 1(876) 675 8895
...Also See: Port Royal Jamaica
Return to Jamaican Culture from museums in Jamaica.
Return to HomePage from museums in Jamaica.
Back to Top of Jamaican museums
Make sure you subscribe to my free monthly e-zine My Island Jamaica
Digest (MIJD) and stay with the latest from Jamaica!
Pages Related To Museums In Jamaica
Back To The Top Of This Page
New! Get My Latest Book👇🏿
You asked, I've answered! You no longer need to save for months or years, to enjoy paradise!
JAMAICA On A Budget is your passport to experiencing what I call 'The Real Jamaica' on a budget!
I spilled the beans! sharing my top tips on finding cozy accommodations and secret gems, only the way a native could! Click Here to pick it up on my e-store and start saving now!
See The Best Of Jamaica - In Videos!
My channel reaches over 140,000 subscribers worldwide and has leveraged over 11 million views, sharing, what I call 'The Real Jamaica'. Subscribe today and join our family of viewers.
P.S. Didn't find what you were looking for?
Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.