If Bob Marley’s music resonates at all with you, make tracks for the Bob Marley Museum at the corner of Marley Road. This is a top Jamaica attraction that was both Marley’s home until his death in 1981 and the recording studio of Tuff Gong, where many of Marley’s greatest songs were recorded. If you can swing it, February is the time to visit (Feb. 6 is when Marley's birthday is celebrated, but there are events that take place to honor him all month long). The museum has two stories: the lower made of masonry and the upper of timber. Marley's bedroom has his star-shaped guitar by the bed, his gold and platinum records and the bullet holes that ripped through the rear wall following the failed gangland-type assassination attempt on his life on Dec. 3, 1976. His room has been preserved and there are many newspaper clippings from as far away as Japan and Africa detailing the intense media attention paid to his life. A 20-minute video provides insight into the reggae star’s life and times. You can walk into the kitchen as if it is still 1973 and come upon the coffee mug Bob Marley used each morning. Look out the window or stand in the yard and watch the children playing soccer. It could be the same scene, the same moment of reverie and levity that Marley had in that same place day after day. Photographs are not allowed inside the museum, although you can snap photos outside. Guards at the entrance will also search for tape recorders, which you cannot take inside. On site is a Rasta-inspired gift shop and vegetarian restaurant. The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30AM to 4:30PM and Wednesday and Saturday from 12:30PM to 5:30PM. If you’re lucky, a Marley relative will be at the entrance and happy to talk about his or her memories of the reggae superstar.
- Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
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