Bob Marley Museum
56 Hope Road Kingston 6 Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Bob Marley Museum Kingston Reviews
Bob Marley House Jun 03, 2014
Bob Marley is by far the most famous person from Jamaica and his former house which has been turned into a museum is the single most visited tourist attraction in the capital of the country today. Like so many other tourist I went there and paid the steep entry fee of 20 USD for none resident people - it is cheaper if you got a Jamaican passport or residence card.
You can only visit the inside of the house on a tour and unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house. The tour takes you through the house and you get to see Bob’s old bedroom and his old home studio on the first floor in addition to the different rooms in the house. Some have been changed from their original appears to make room for exhibitions of Bob Marley’s many gold and platinum records in addition to a life size hologram of Bob Marley himself.
The tour gives you an introduction to Bob Marley and his music career if it isn’t already know to you. In addition to the information about his music career you will get a bit of information about Jamaican policy in the 1970’s in which Bob Marley actually had a bit of influence due to his standing in Jamaican society at the time.
The tour includes a visit to the room where Bob Marley was shot and the bullet holes are still visible in the walls. He got shot due to the political tension in Jamaica at the time - he had decided to play at a free concert sponsored by the Jamaican Prime Minister Norman Manley. This was seen by the supporters of opposition Jamaican Labour party as Bob Marley taking sides in the struggles between the two parties fighting for power at the time. Bob Marley probably didn’t actively took side in the struggle between the two parties but with the tension running high in Jamaica which were on the brink of civil war at the time any sign of support to one side could get tempers to run high. Bob Marley survived the shooting and actually played at the concert a couple of days later.
Inside the house you also see one of the most famous pictures of Bob Marley where the two political arch rivals Norman Manley and Edward Seaga both join Bob Marley at the stage at another free concert and they join hand together with Bob Marley. Some has claimed this situation was the reason Jamaica avoided a civil war between the two rival parties. A bit surprising to me both Norman Manley and Edward Seaga were white men - running for the highest office in a country which was predominately populated by blacks.
The tension in the 1970s were the reason Bob Marley left his local yard in Trench Town and moved to this upscale neighborhood - the safety situation for a man with money and fame were not the best back then. Not all of the local fans of Bob Marley were quite happy with him leaving his old neighborhood to go to a better part of the city.
At the end of the tour you can actually take pictures of the outside of the house and the garden. The pictures will be focused on the walls around the house which are all covered in different paintings of Bob’s life and career. You can get inside to take photos without the tour but you will have to pay 10 dollars just for this.
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Hi on Bob Apr 23, 2011
I guess that the Bob Marley Museum is a must when you visit Kingston. It was quiet expensive; the entry was 20US$ and then you were also enrolled in a mandatory guided tour on the ground.
The guides were quite enthusiastic and sang often Bob’s tunes when they explained the different rooms we had to enter. The tour ended with a 20 minutes movie about him. The guides really digged Bob Marley almost as a God; I have before heard about people being high on God but these people were high on Bob.
I guess I felt it was worth visiting but since I never been high on reggae it didn’t rock my soul to visit the Bob's mansion.
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