Top 5 museums in Jamaica

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Jamaica is the ultimate tropical tourist paradise, with amazing beaches, countless resorts, theme parks and activities, but also a genuinely fascinating culture, history and people. Getting to know Jamaica can take quite a lot of time, especially since there are so many fun tourist attractions to distract you, but once you get to the heart of it, you will be completely won over by the vitality, resilience and variety of Jamaican culture and art. The best way to take a crash course in all things Jamaican is to visit the country’s museums, which are both informative and really fun.¬† Discover the beauty of Jamaican culture by visiting the top 5 museums in Jamaica.

Bob Marley Museum, Kigston

Bob Marley is probably the most famous Jamaican on the planet – in fact, he’s among the most famous musicians the world has ever seen. Bob Marley helped spread both reggae music and Rastafarian religion throughout the world. As one of the most famous figures of contemporary Jamaican culture, it’s obvious that there is a museum dedicated to the artist’s memory. The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is the former residence of the musician, as well as a site of failed assassination attempt against him.

National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston

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The best place to see Jamaican and continental art while you’re on holiday in Jamaica is the National Gallery of Jamaica in the capital, Kingston. This is the most extensive art collection in the country, and it includes several very important works of art. You can see paintings by prominent Jamaican artists like Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds, Carl Abrahams, and Edna Manley, as well as various temporary exhibitions.

Firefly Estate, Oracabessa

English playwright Sir Noel Coward spent the last years of his life at Firefly Estate a picturesquely named and picturesque mansion built in the fifties. Unlike other former mansions on the island, the home of Sir Coward is surprisingly simple and built in stark lines. The estate used to belong to infamous pirate and Jamaican governor Sir Henry Morgan, and it is named after the hundreds of firefly who glow at night in the area.

People’s Museum of Craft and Technology, Spanish Town

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Since its colonization, Jamaica has been sustained by sugar and coffee farming and later industry, mostly achieved through forced labor. This interesting museum is an utterly fascinating incursion into the history of slavery in Jamaica, and the machinery and instruments they used in order to perform their work. Some of the more distressing displays feature various implements of punishment.

Columbus Park Museum, Ocho Rios

If want to learn about Jamaica’s history from the earliest day until the present, you can find all the information you need under one roof at the Columbus Park Museum, an open air museum that features all sorts of interesting exhibits like ship anchors, sugar boiling equipment and even Arawak canoe replicas.

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