For anyone who has long been a fan of the man who is arguably the father of Reggae music, no trip to Jamaica would be complete without a tour of his museum. For just $20 US Dollars, Bob Marley fans can take the 1 ½ hour tour in Kingston, Jamaica.
On display are his albums, which were recorded long before CDs were available, along with numerous walls of memorabilia telling the story of the legends life.
Learn firsthand about how Reggae was born from music known as Rocksteady, but quickly overtook this style to become one of the most beloved forms of music the world has ever known. Live through his eyes as he evolved as a musician, through his ups and downs, both personal and professional.
There is little doubt that the man born Robert Nesta Marley in 1945, would impact both Reggae and the music scene that came out of Jamaica. Prior to the Wailers signing a contract with Island Records in the early 1970s, outside of Jamaica it was still a relatively unknown genre of music. Reggae had difficulty holding its own against the growing popularity of Rock n Roll. The Wailers third album Catch a Fire would mark the first Reggae album recorded by a major record label.
An earlier version of the Wailers had him performing with Reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Junior Brathwaite, who later would strike out on their own to create solo careers. Although discouraged by their departures, learn about how he picked himself up and along with wife Rita, went on to record his fourth and probably his best album, Exodus.
Feel as if you were there with him as he recorded the songs that made him famous. Follow along and witness his concert tours through England, the United States, Germany, France, Kenya and Ethiopia via numerous photos that decorate the walls of the 19th century building.
Follow his journey from Catholicism to Rastafarianism and see how the latter greatly influenced his music, his family and his decision not to seek treatment for Malignant Melanoma, which eventually killed him in 1981.
Situated in the home he purchased for the family, with his wife Rita, and learn how, six years after his death in 1981, Rita converted it into a museum.
Tours begin daily at 9:30 a.m. and the last one starts at 4:00 p.m., and they are open to adults and children of all ages. The museum is open Monday through Saturday and is closed every Sunday. It has an 80-seat theatre from which fans can view video footage of his concerts and interviews.
The Bob Marley Museum is located at:
56 Hope Road