About Us

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) is the oldest division of the Institute of Jamaica. The NHMJ grew out of the Science Museum and was established in 1879. We research, classify, identify, document, exhibit and disseminate information on Jamaica‚Äôs Natural History. Natural History is the study of all natural phenomenon including man, animals, plants, rocks and minerals. The NHMJ collections are the national repository of Jamaican flora and fauna as stipulated under the Institute of Jamaica Act of 1979. The NHD has, from its inception, been a pioneer of science studies in Jamaica.  

We aim to:

  • Encourage the study and dissemination of scientific knowledge of Jamaican flora and fauna.
  • Promote the conservation of the Jamaican natural environment.
  • Maintain collections of Jamaican flora, fauna and reference books

Our facilities include:

  • A natural history library of approximately 10,000 volumes.
  • Education Department (Click Here to visit the Education Dept.)
  • A herbarium which stores over 130,000 international and local plant specimens.
  • A zoological collection including representations from all faunal classes found in Jamaica, especially strong in insects.
  • A natural history gallery with displays on Jamaican plants and animals and interactive exhibits for children.
  • Two field stations: Mason River in Clarendon and Green Hills near Hardwar Gap in Portland.
  • The Discovery Room for children.
  • The Institute of Jamaica Gift Shop.
  • Photograph and slide collections.