The UWI Museum is not alone on the Jamaican landscape; not even in the subset of museums attached to educational or other institutions. But it is unique in seeking to serve an institution and an audience that stretches across the Caribbean region.
Over the past months our visitors have included curators and others attached to some of our sister museums in Jamaica: including the University of the West Indies Mona Campus’ Geology Museum, Jamaica’s Natural History Museum (one of the flagship institutions within the museum system of the Institute of Jamaica) and the St Andrew High School’s Emrie James Museum opened in 2011 as part of the school’s 85th anniversary celebrations. In fact, after a visit in October, one of the St Andrew family, Gale Peart, sent over a Vimeo she put together to mark their visit. You can check it out!
Jamaica College, one of the island’s long-standing boy’s schools and one whose past students include leaders in many fields, is also developing a school museum.
Other museums attached to local educational institutions include the Mico College Museum and UWI Mona’s close neighbour, the University of Technology is working to get its own museum going.
And of course there are several other museums attached to private or government institutions – most but not all are in the capital city. At the top of the list is the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) system including the History & Ethnography Museum, Music Museum, Military Museum, African Caribbean Institute, Liberty Hall, (which focuses on Marcus Mosiah Garvey), and the National Gallery of Art. You can also check out the Bank of Jamaica Money Museum; the Jewish Heritage Centre; the Bob Marley Museum, all in Kingston, as well as museums in Montego Bay and Hanover in the north-west of the island.