Institute of Jamaica
Address: 10 - 16 East Street, Kingston
Telephone: (876) 922-0620-6
Fax: (876) 922-1147
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 by Governor, Sir Anthony Musgrave and over the years has developed into the most significant cultural, artistic and scientific organization. The Institute of Jamaica, founded in the 19th century remains committed to its mandate: “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica.”
The main functions of the Institute of Jamaica are as follows:
Establishing and maintaining museums and galleries for the collection, preservation and display of artifacts and art treasures;
Establishing and maintaining a National library;
Maintaining and displaying Jamaica’s national flora and fauna collections;
Documenting and disseminating information on the impact of the African presence in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean;
Developing the creative potential of children; and
Compiling, publishing and distributing printed information of literary, scientific and historical interest.
The Institute has responsibility for the following organizations:
Museums of History & Ethnography - aims to stimulate serious research and reflection on Jamaica’s history & contemporary life.
Natural History Museum of Jamaica - mandate is to research, document, preserve, protect and disseminate information on Jamaica’s natural, scientific heritage and to function as the repository for Jamaican flora and fauna.
Programmes Coordination Division (Junior Centres) - to provide the facilities for young people to acquire knowledge and develop skills in the various art forms so as to foster their intellectual, aesthetic and cultural growth.
The National Gallery of Jamaica - to collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican, other Caribbean art and related material and to promote our artistic heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank - has the mission to deepen public awareness of the contribution of African cultural retentions to the Jamaican social ethos.
Liberty Hall - the legacy of MarcusGarvey, the former headquarters of the Kingston Division of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), after being purchased by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust was later restored and officially re-opened in October 2003 as a heritage site. Liberty Hall aims to inform the public about the work of Jamaica’s first national hero, and to use his philosophy and opinion to inspire, excite and positively affect the self-identity of Jamaican people, while creating social and economic wealth.
The Jamaica Music Museum (JMM) - operationalized in March 2009. The JMM’s mandate is to maintain a permanent exhibition; document, collect, preserve and disseminate information about Jamaica music and promote understanding of the common roots of the music to the African diasporic experience.
The Jamaica Journal is the flagship publication of the Institute of Jamaica and the Caribbean’s leading cultural publication on Jamaica’s heritage. It was first published in 1967 as a quarterly authoritative source on Jamaican heritage, contemporary culture and natural environment. Jamaica Journal’s coverage of a wide range of topics-history, literature, science and the arts commands the interest of the general reader as well as scholars.