A History Of The Bob Marley Museum In 1 Minute

Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley Museum | © www.visitjamaica.com
Culture Trip

The life of Bob Marley, one of the most influential musicians of all time, is celebrated at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. Briefly a home and workplace for Marley, the museum was the first place Barack Obama visited when he arrived in Jamaica in 2015. Decorated with Marley’s platinum and gold albums, a one hour guided tour of the property imparts all there is to know about this reggae legend.


The property housing the Bob Marley Museum at 56 Old Hope Road, Kingston, was built during the 1800s in the British colonial style of the time. In 1975, the house was gifted to Marley by Island Records owner Chris Blackwell, who had succeeded in luring Bob Marley and the Wailers to his label in 1972. The building housed Tuff Gong studios and thus became Marley’s workplace as well as his home. 1975 was also the year of Marley’s first true international hit No Woman, No Cry.

Tuff Gong has since relocated, but 56 Old Hope Road still houses The Bob Marley Theatre, The Queen of Sheba Restaurant and Things from Africa Boutique alongside the museum. Between them, the studio and the museum keep Marley’s memory alive.

Assassination Attempt

The home was the site of an infamous attempt on Marley’s life in 1976. Having become increasingly outspoken against Jamaica’s politically motivated violence, Marley was accused of political partisanship for his intended performance at a concert organised by then Prime Minister Michael Manley. Unknown gunmen entered his home on December 3rd 1976; the attempted assassination resulted in the injuring of Marley, his wife and his manager. All three recovered and Marley performed at the concert. However at the end of 1976, Marley left Jamaica to recuperate in the Bahamas and then spent two years in self imposed exile in England.

Marley owned the home until his death in 1981, but spent much of the post-1976 period touring – his last concert being in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980. Diagnosed with cancer in 1977, Marley spent his final year in treatment in Germany before succumbing to his illness in Miami en-route home to Jamaica.

Bob Marley Museum

Cultural Heritage

It is fitting that Marley’s final home and the site of so many significant events in his life, celebrates the life of arguably the world’s most famous Rastafarian in vibrant colorful style. Marley is part of Jamaica’s modern cultural heritage – his message of peace, delivered so powerfully through his music, is as relevant today as it was when he resided at this house. The Bob Marley museum is a must-see venue for anyone visiting Kingston.

‘Live for yourself and you will live in vain. Live for others, and you will live again.’

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article