10 East St. Kingston, Jamaica

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Although our physical locations are closed to the public, in support of the Government of Jamaica's measures to curtail the spread of COVID -19, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport announced that effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, all cultural entities including museums and galleries run by the government, will remain closed.
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The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), through its various cultural entities, engages the public in different ways. Established in 1879, IOJ keeps its core offerings relevant and relatable.

Educational Exhibitions

Exhibitions displaying the substance, creativity, and reslience of our people and country. From the people before us to who we have become.

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Signature Events

Lectures, Seminars, Concerts, Ceremonies, Symposia and Festivals – IOJ events are for everyone.

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Journals, Books and Catalogues by IOJ

IOJ publishes several journals, books and catalogues through its various cultural entities. Check out its flagship publication – the Jamaica Journal.

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Curator’s Pick

Learn more about Jamaica’s Heritage as we present a weekly feature where we put on show artefacts selected by curators from our museums. 

This week we highlight ‘Shawling’selected by African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica.


‘Shawling’ is a ritual throwing of a shawls or scarf around a dancer as a sign of
appreciation in Ettu ceremonies.

The Ettu are a group of Yoruba-descended people found in the parish of Hanover,
Jamaica, who have preserved unique cultural rituals based on their Yoruba heritage.
Ettu plays include short dramas as well as feasting, music and dancing.

When a dancer performs well, he or she is shawled as a mark of appreciation and
encouragement by the leader or another dancer, who steps forward with a long scarf
and throws it round the dancer’s neck or waist.

Research the Culture & Heritage of Jamaica

Research is essential in any Museum. IOJ has available experts, libraries and symposia in areas pertaining to Jamaica’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

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 Outreach Programme

The IOJ traverses Jamaica on a mission to educate each Jamaican, and person that touches our shores about the country’s most valuable treasure– our heritage and culture. Each year, thousands are impacted by this service which includes a mobile exhibit on various subjects.

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More than a MUSEUM.
Facilities Rentals Available!

Do you need spaces to rent? Book now one or more of the following:
– Auditorium (300 seats)
– Computer and Language Labs
– Multimedia Production Studio
– Multipurpose interactive spaces

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