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Bob Marley Museum

Jamaica's world-famous son, singer and songwriter Bob Marley, was responsible for making reggae music a global phenomenon. The popular Rastafarian became a cult figure even before his death in 1981, caused by cancer when he was only 36 years old. This museum devoted to his memory is one of the most popular attractions in Kingston; be careful not to confuse it with the other big Jamaican Bob Marley attraction, which is Marley's childhood home and mausoleum in Nine Mile village, near Ocho Rios. The museum in Kingston is the simple clapboard house where Marley lived and recorded his music until he died, and is now packed with Marley memorabilia. There are also screenings of a movie about the singer's life. Memorabilia on show includes Marley's guitar, his old blue jeep, and a number of his awards. Even for those who aren't big Marley fans, his music was deeply influenced by the social issues of Jamaica during his lifetime and it gives insight into the culture of the country. The museum is rather expensive for what it is but it still ranks very highly with visitors from all over the world - and it's hard to visit Kingston without wanting to pay tribute to the iconic musician.

Address: 56 Hope Road

Website: www.bobmarley-foundation.com/museum.html

Telephone: 927 9152

Opening times: Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm (tours run every hour)

Admission: US$20 (foreign adults), US$10 (foreign children 4-12); local residents pay reduced prices in local currency