Institute of Jamaica

Engage IOJ!

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.

Here are some of our Products and Services:

Publications

The Jamaica Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Institute of Jamaica since 1967. However, the IOJ has several other publications, such as 76 King Street, Endemic Trees and ACIJ Review, to name a few.

Libraries

There are six reference libraries across the IOJ for specific research purposes. The Junior Centre was the 1st lending library for children in the 1970s and continues to nuture the love for reading in our children and youths. Visit our libraries in person or click here to browse our online library catalogues

Memorabillas

Find unique memorabilia in any of IOJ’s Gift Shops! Drop by after viewing our Exhibitions at the Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey, the National Gallery of Jamaica or Jamaica Music, Natural History or our Ethnographic Museums at the 10 – 16 East Street Complex.

Click here to browse the National Museum’s Online Ethnographic Collections.

Outreach Programme

Want to learn more about Jamaica’s rich culture and history? Each of our Cultural Entities / Divisions offer interactive Outreach Programmes, especially for our primary and teritary students. Call 876-922-0620-6 for more information.

Other Products & Services

Educational Exhibtions

Come view our permanent and temporary exhibitions now available at our various locations in Kingston, St. Catherine and Montego Bay.

Normal opening hours are Mondays – Thursdays 9 am – 4 pm and Fridays 9 am – 3pm.

Exciting Events

Come and enjoy the many Lectures, Seminars, Concerts, Cermonies, Symposia, Festivals and so much more here at the IOJ! 

All are welcome! Check out our ‘What’s On’ or call us at 876-922-0620-6 for more information.

Rental Spaces

IOJ offers multiple spaces such as our Lecture Hall, Multipurpose rooms, Computer and Language Labs, Exhibition spaces and so much more.

Call us at 876-922-0620-6 for more information.

Research and Conservation

As Museums and Galleries, the IOJ has an excellent team of Researchers and Conservators who are responsible for the well being of our National Collections.

Do you need our services, call us at 897-922-0620-6 for more information.

Our Musgrave Awards

The Musgrave Awards is one of the oldest awards in the Western Hemisphere. It recognizes excellence in the fields of Literature, Science & Arts.

Stay tuned for a date to our 2023 ceremony!

From left, The Hon. Bishop Herro Blair(OJ) Board Chairman of IOJ Council, Mrs. Jasmine Gurvan, Mr Orville Hill, JP, Deputy Chairman of IOJ Council, Mr. Leslie Harrow, JP(Executive Director of IOJ)

An Academic Journal on Jamaican Culture

Published by the Institute of Jamaica since 1967

our Instagram Feed

April 2024 Events

Miss an event? There is a possiblity it’s on our YouTube channel! Check us out and subscribe for the lastest content.

Join our Instagram family and checkout the many activities and happenings of the IOJ!

Link us on Facebook and join the dialogue! There’s always room for you in our Fren Circle!

Let’s Talk…more! There’s so much to tell you and we want to hear from you too.

We want to connect with YOU!

IOJ Virtual Services

There are five (5) reference libraries ranging from Natural History to Intangible Cultural Heritage and one lending library specifically for our children and youth.
Missed viewing one of our exhibitions? Check to see if a virtual tour is available on the IOJ's Virtual Museum!
Browse the National Museum Jamaica's ethnographic collections...now available Online!

The Institute of Jamaica's CULTURAL ENTITIES