Montego Bay cultural centre


The Montego Bay cultural centre is a multipurpose Cultural Centre also popularly known as the Montego Bay Civic centre is located at Sam Sharpe Square in the Centre of Montego Bay Jamaica. Incorporated at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre are :  

  • National Gallery West  
  • Bistro 
  • Gift Shop 
  • Conferencing facilities 
  • The ‘Freedom Monument 
  • Guided Tours 
  • Court Yard with seating 
  • Parking 
  • Public Wash Room 

Opening Hours 
9:00 am – 5pm 
Tuesdays to Saturdays 
Closed on Mondays. 
Adults   $500 JMD 
Senior citizens $250 
Children $100, $150 and $200 

Telephone Phone: (876) 971-3920 

The Montego Bay Civic Centre is operated by the St. James Municipal Corporation which can be contacted at 952-5500 or toll-free at 1-888-666-8346 for further information on use to the conference facility and to arrange tours Direct contact can be made to the Cultural Centre at 876-940-6402 or 971-3920 as previously mentioned. 

History of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre 


The Montego Bay cultural centre dates back to 1804- when it was at court house in the then Charles Square. Charles Square was renamed Sam Sharpe square in honour of Jamaica’s National Hero Sam Sharpe, a Baptist preacher and slave who led a rebellion against slavery and was subsequently hanged at the location on May 23, 1832.  The court house was destroyed by Fire in 1968. In 2001, the building was restored by the Urban Development Corporation, and reopened as the Montego Bay Civic and was rebranded as the  Montego Bay cultural centre on July 11, 2014.  

National Museum West. 

Two Institute of Jamaica divisions, National Museum Jamaica and the National Gallery of Jamaica, operate branches at the Centre, with permanent and temporary exhibitions and supporting programmes. National Gallery West, which is located in the domed building at the back of the Centre, offers three exhibitions per year, of which at least one focuses on the art of Western Jamaica while others are based on exhibitions shown at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. Visitors can look forward to a lively and varied exhibition programme that covers all major aspects of Jamaican art, from the historic to the contemporary and from the traditional to the avant-garde. Guided tours are available and educational programmes, including children’s art classes, are being developed. 

Freedom Monument  


The Freedom Monument which stands 10 feet tall in the courtyard of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. A tribute to the many ancestors who fought bravely to end slavery in the Emancipation wars of 1831 -32 which started on the night of Tuesday, December 27, 1831. It has etched on its surface the names of over 600 slaves and the punishments meted out to them. 

 Conference Facility  

The Grand Town Hall which is fully air conditioned, can accommodate around4 00 persons. It i comfortably, features beautiful Paintings by Suzzette Harriott and Edmondo Souza, and gorgeous Brazilian wood flooring. 

Parking at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre 


The paid parking facility is broken down as follows 

  $200 for the first hour  

and each additional hour attracts a fee of $50.  

Daily parking is at a cost $650 per parking space. 

                                        Gift Shop 

Offers craft and souvenir items  such as 

Beaded bracelet
Benin Queen Mask

Bob Marley

  • Drawstring bag
  • Plaque
  • key Holder

Burlaps and Caps


Ol Joe Jamaican Cuisine Bistro. 

Ol’ Joe offers delectable homestyle Jamaican dishes  

Menu for Ole Joe Jamaican Cuisine Bistro. 

Price $5- 10 USD 

Steamed Fish 
Chicken (Brown Stew, fried, curried, BBQ, roasted) 
 Curried goat 
Ackee and Saltfish 
Salt Mackerel 
(served with rice and peas or white rice steamed veg or cole slaw  
and 12 oz soda).