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. The main museum displays Marley's personal treasures. The property also features a well-equipped 80-seat theater, a gallery, and a gift shop selling T-shirts, posters and CDs.
Since its inception in 1974, the National Gallery of Jamaica has been the representative and preserver of Jamaican art. First established in #Devon House, it moved to its present location after eight years. There are eight permanent exhibitions, including a pre-20th-century collection of historical artifacts that can be traced back to before the 1400s. There is also an international collection containing works from various countries.
This offshore island lies south of the mainland and is a popular spot with the local yachtsmen. With its beautiful white sand beach and crystal clear waters, it has also become a popular destination for group outings. Whether you're skinny-dipping, swimming or just lazing on the beach, a day spent on the cay is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
As the pirate capital of the New World, Port Royal was labeled as 'The wickedest city in Christendom'. The bustling city sank beneath the waves during the devastating earthquake of 1692 but left just enough evidence to tell its story. Silent cannons still keep watch over Fort Charles as they did under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. An array of precious artifacts have been recovered since the incident and are displayed in the Port Royal Archaeological and Historical Museum. Today, tourists flock here from all over the globe to witness the remnants of a bygone era that only lives on through Hollywood flocks and fiction novels.
Jamaica's longest mountain range ascends high above lush plantain groves and the four parishes that skirt its foothills – Portland, St. Thomas, St. Mary and St. Andrew. The summit of Blue Mountain Peak forms the topmost crest of the titular mountain range, towering at an altitude of 2256 meters (7402 feet) above the range's smaller peaks. Thick swirls of clouds descend to meet the mountains from their heavenly realm, shrouding the mountain range in a blue color gradient that lends it its poetic title. The mountains represent one of the oldest features of the Jamaican landscape, having risen from the folds of the earth somewhere during the Cretaceous Period nearly 65 million years ago. Today, its verdant slopes are home to the world's second-largest butterfly and a wealth of endemic flora that carpets its sides in cheerful bloom. The mountains also contribute a great deal to Jamaica's famous coffee economy. The widely marketed Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is cultivated on the mountain's middle reaches, while its topmost reaches are cloaked in overgrown woodlands.
Emancipation Park is characterized by well-paved pathways, tropical plants and flower beds. Walkers and joggers head here in the morning to exercise on the jogging tracks, while the dewy green lawns sparkle under the glow of golden incandescent lights at night. This park was built as a symbol of liberation and its highlight is the large, albeit controversial, sculpture Redemption Song at the park entrance. This 3.35-meter (11-foot) sculpture has two statues made of bronze. They represent a nude female and a nude male figure looking up at the sky in hope of emancipation. The park is a popular venue for concerts, performances, exhibitions and other large-scale events.
This cinema is one of the oldest in Jamaica and once boasted a single auditorium with one screen. Rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1997, this contemporary complex is now the only cinema on the island that houses five separate screens. Films are mostly American, with at least two films shown daily.
The first service held in this church was on June 3, 1917. The Rev. R.E.R. Wade designed the present chapel in the shape of a cross. In 1949, the church was enlarged and the stained glass window installed, although the red bricks of 1917 were retained. There are many things of interest inside, such as the unusual but beautiful pulpit, the baptismal font and the organ loft. The plaque unveiled in 1975 by The Most Hon. Mrs. Florizel Glasspole, is a source of great pride.
Those wanting to tour Kingston and its environs might be comforted by this company's slogan: "Leave it to us, it's our business." The well-trained staff has years of experience conducting sightseeing tours and excursions and will also arrange your air and sea travel, car rentals, hotel and villa bookings. Though centrally located in the heart of the city, they will gladly pick you up.
The Mico Teachers' College is home to African, Indian and Jamaican treasures donated to the school by alumni Dr. Aston Taylor, who gathered many of the pieces when he lived and worked in Africa. The collection includes warrior shields, an African chief's stool, fertility dolls, ceremonial masks and such Jamaican items as a mule saddle, yabba bowls, musical instruments and bowls made from calabash (round fruit from a tropical tree). A chief's shirt given to Dr. Taylor by the late Ghanian President Kwane Nkrumah is also on display
This museum makes for an interesting side trip for those interested in military history. The displays feature items that date from 1662 to the modern era. This small museum showcases historic memorabilia, weapons, tools and utensils, as well as medals and uniforms collected from the West Indian Regiment and the Jamaican Infantry Militia (1662-1906). There is also an area covering the First and Second World Wars.
The Monument of the Right Excellent Nanny is located in the National Heroes Park in downtown Kingston. It represents a historical figure who led the freed slaves referred to as Maroons. Queen Nanny, as she was known, had an air of the supernatural about her and used to perform unnatural acts such as catching cannon balls and throwing them back with force against the British platoons. She was, however killed in action and became known as Queen Nanny of the Windward Maroons. -Nadia Ali