The Montego Bay Cultural Centre  –  A Little About Us……

 

The Montego Bay Cultural Centre, registered as the Montego Bay Arts Council Ltd, is a registered Visitor Attraction Site. It is governed by the Montego Bay Arts Council headed by Chairman Josef Forstmayr. Board membership represents a wide cross section of Government, Tourism and Business stakeholders. The Montego Bay Cultural Centre, dedicated to the retention of Jamaica’s rich history, the promotion and development of its artistic treasures, was the brain-child of Senator Noel Sloley, Lloyd B. Smith and Councillor Glendon Harris. This vision became a reality through the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

The Montego Bay Cultural Centre opened its doors on July 11, 2014 on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding forged between the St. James Municipal Corporation and the Montego Bay Arts Council Ltd., which set the legal and administrative foundation of this Centre of Culture. The Montego Bay Cultural Centre now houses  National Gallery West, an extension of National Gallery of Jamaica; National Museum West featuring a permanent Museum coined the Montego Bay to the World Exhibit which houses numerous articfacts particularly from Montego Bay and its environs; and a ‘revolving’ Museum which currently features the exhibition on RASTAFARI.  The Freedom Monument, located in the rear cobblestone area of the Centre, chronicles the names of the slaves who were harshly sentenced for their participation in the ‘Christmas Rebellion’. National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe was hanged on the front cobblestone of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for his leadership of this rebellion. Ol’ Joe Restaurant is also housed in the Centre’s courtyard , the Bistro section. Ol’ Joe is the home of the most scrumptious Jamaican dishes and aids the Centre in enhancing its image of being an unmatched representation of the multi-faceted aspects of Jamaican culture.