Address: 10-16 East Street Kingston Jamaica West Indies
Telephone: 876.922.0620-6
Fax: 876.922.1147
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The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 by Sir Anthony Musgrave, then Governor of Jamaica. Located at10-16 East Street Kingston , the IOJ is led by its mandate, “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica ”. The Institute has responsibility for the following organizations:

  • The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica /Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB)
  • Liberty Hall: Legacy of Marcus Garvey – a project of the ACIJ/JMB
  • The Jamaica Music Museum (JAMM)
  • The Junior Centres (Programmes Coordination)
  • The Natural History Museum of Jamaica
  • The Museums of History and Ethnography
  • The National Gallery of Jamaica


The function of the Institute varies according to the role and responsibilities of each Division. These include:
  • The Museums of History and Ethnography: To establish and maintain museums and galleries for the collection, preservation and presentation of artefacts and art treasures.
  • Natural History: To maintain and display Jamaica ’s flora and fauna collections
  • ACIJ/JMB: To document and disseminate information on the impact of the African presence inJamaica and the wider Caribbean .
  • Liberty Hall: Legacy of Marcus Garvey is a unit of the ACIJ formed to promote the memory of Marcus Garvey among Jamaicans through educational programmes, exhibitions among others. 
  • Junior Centres: To develop the potential of children in visual and performing arts and to broaden their appreciation of Jamaica ’s culture.   
  • National Gallery: To acquire Jamaican art for Public display  
  • Libraries of the Institute of Jamaica

The Institute of Jamaica , the cultural agency of the government, charged with the mandate of promulgating the advance “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica ”, operates four Special Libraries, each attracting its own target audience. These are The Science Library, The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ) Library, The Garvey Research and Reference Library and the Junior Centre Library.

The Science Library, which forms part of the Natural History Division, maintains an effective and efficient collection of resource material on the flora and fauna of Jamaica . The library provides among other services, rich textual images of Jamaican animals and plants and maintains an efficient collection of resource material, scientific books and access to over 10,000 volumes, many of which are rare publications.


An agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ)
Government of Jamaica