United States President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the Bob Marley Museum shortly after arriving in Jamaica Wednesday evening.
About an hour and 15 minutes after Air Force One touched down at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston, Obama visited the museum, which is based in a large Victorian house that was the reggae singer’s abode until he died in 1981.
The museum preserves the rooms in Marley’s former home and displays his recording studio, bedroom, Gold and Platinum
records, a life-sized hologram from his 1978 One Love Peace Concert and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, among other collectibles.
A statue of Marley playing a guitar stands at the front of the colorful museum, painted red, green and yellow, according to the pool report. After his tour, Obama exited the front door with tour guide, Natasha Clark, as “One Love” played on the building’s speakers.
Obama, who had previously admitted to being a Marley fan, spent about 20 minutes at the museum before returning to his hotel.
The president is set to spend three and a half days in Jamaica and Panama, where he is expected to discuss security, energy and other topics, including the U.S. relationship with Cuba, with regional officials.
His visit marks the first presidential trip to Jamaica since 1982, when the then president Ronald Reagan visited.
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