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Visit the National Gallery of Jamaica and discover how Jamaicans have been creating art since the beginning of the 20th century. Study the bold sculptures of Edna Manely and the abstract pieces of Colin Garlands and see how they contrast with the museum’s collection of colonial-era art. Take a tour and learn the fascinating stories of some of Jamaica’s most famous artists.
The National Gallery of Jamaica was built in 1974 and is home to the most comprehensive and important collection of Jamaican art anywhere in the world. Visit to discover the large permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
There are 10 galleries that trace the history of Jamaican art from A.D. 1000 to the present day. View sculptures by Edna Manley and dark landscape paintings by John Dunkley, showing how early Jamaican artists began to create their own style.
Make your way through the rest of the gallery to see how art continued to evolve in the Caribbean. The theme of these galleries is “Jamaican art for Jamaicans.” Among the highlights are religious works by Carl Abrahams and scenes of village life by David Pottinger.
Find a range of attractive pottery in the Cecil Baugh Gallery of Ceramics and visit the Larry Wirth collection to see a number of African-style sculptures.
Learn more about Jamaican art by taking a tour. There is a small charge for the tours and booking in advance is advised. In between your browsing sessions, take a break in the coffee shop.
The National Gallery of Jamaica is open from Tuesday to Saturday, with slightly reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays. It is also open on the last Sunday of every month. The museum is located in the Kingston mall and there is a charge for entry.
Get the most out of your time at National Gallery of Jamaica. Here's a list of the top activities:
Wondering what else there is to do at this celebrated attraction? Our suggestion would be buying a Guided Kingston City Tour.
If you're after more options, take a look at our Kingston things to do page.
Situated in Kingston, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of National Gallery of Jamaica and Jamaica Conference Center. Emancipation Park and Devon House are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Kingston, this condo building is steps from African-Caribbean Heritage Centre and National Gallery of Jamaica. Museum of Coins and Notes and Jamaica Conference Center are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Kingston, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Devon House, Little Theater, and Bob Marley Museum. National Stadium and National Gallery of Jamaica are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Kingston, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Tosh Museum, Devon House, and Emancipation Park. Bob Marley Museum is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.
Located in the heart of Kingston, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coke Memorial Hall and National Gallery of Jamaica. Emancipation Park is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Situated in Kingston, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Holy Trinity Cathedral and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Gallery of Jamaica and Emancipation Park. Devon House is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mandela Park, Emancipation Park, and Devon House. Bob Marley Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Located in the heart of Kingston, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sunshine Amusement Complex and Emancipation Park. Devon House and Bob Marley Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
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