The Bob Marley Museum is former residence and studio of the legendary reggae singer, Bob Marley. The Museum is located in the capital, Kingston and this was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. It was also home to Tuff Gong record label that was founded by The Wailers back in the 1970s. Today, the house is a famous tourist attraction, museum and shrine. HEY, you never know…you may run into one of his famous sons who often visit to use the studio!
If you are a fan of Bob Marley and his music, this is a must place to visit. The tour shows a very personal view of Bob’s life, and the history and philosophy of his music. The one-hour tour also tells the story of Bob Marley’s life after he moved “uptown.”
Upon entrance you will see a statue of the music legend. Although the home is very simplistic, vibrant Rastafarian murals and colours decorate the surroundings.
Inside the home displays Bob’s gold and platinum records along the walls – Exodus, 1977, Uprising, 1980, and Legend, 1984. If you browse through you will see many of Marley’s prestigious awards. Also featured in the home are Rastafarian religious cloaks, Bob Marley’s favourite denim shirt and the Order of Merit given to him by the Jamaican government.
The second floor of his home includes the bedrooms. One of the rooms showcases media clippings of Marley’s superstar life. Another room is a model of Bob Marley’s original record shop – Wail’n Soul’m. The most intriguing room of all is Marley’s unadorned bedroom left just as it was with his star-shaped guitar laying by his bedside. It was in this bedroom that a failed assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley.
The tour closes with a 20 minute captivating film of Bob Marley’s final days.
This is one of the places you definitely want to bring some extra cash to shop. A wide range of Bob Marley products are sold here including CDs, photos, bags, shirts, shoes and towels. Make sure when you step into the gift shop you check out the clothing line “CATCH A FIRE” designed by Marley’s eldest child Cedella.
Although Bob Marley passed away at a very young age, his memory lives on forever not only in Jamaica but all over the world. I highly recommend watching the Bob Marley documentary, “Marley” (2012) that portrays the classic life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super-stardom.
First Tour: 9:30am
Last Tour: 4:00pm
Each tour is 1 hour
Children (Ages 4 – 12): US$10
Children (Ages 4-12): JA$250
There is a Café on the compound where you can relax and get food and refreshments.
Please note: Unfortunately, no photos are allowed to be taken inside the home. You are welcome to take photos outside the house by the beautiful murals depicting Bob Marley and his family.
Location: 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica
Did you know?
Michael Jackson and his brothers were guests of Bob Marley in the 70s