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National Gallery of Jamaica

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One of the Best Places To Visits in Kingston


Address

BLOCK 3, Kingston Mall, 12 Ocean Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica

Website

nationalgalleryofjamaica.com

Contact

+1 876-922-1561

Rating on Google Maps

4.40 (654 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

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  • 5/5 Harley H. 1 year ago on Google • 32 reviews
    The National Gallery was amazing. It was so well curated, very informative, and not expensive at all. I actually think they should charge tourists more. The PRESSURE exhibit and Kapo wing were both very impressive.
    6 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 LaShaun R. 8 months ago on Google • 246 reviews
    The history is so rich and diverse in this museum. Lots of various artistic styles. A decent collection of commissioned pieces. I loved every moment wandering through this gallery.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Shari T. 1 year ago on Google
    A great experience if you're into art.. Beautiful pieces!
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 MX W. 2 years ago on Google
    Visited the National Gallery after two years of being MIA because of COVID. The gallery holds a special place for me and as a patron I was proud to see the selection of young and recurring artists. From sculpture & installation, to painting to photography & film and mixed media to textiles, the Pressure, exhibition forces us to think. I am however particularly perturbed by the gallery’s position to only allow invited guests for this instalment of the Biennial. Although I am proud of the young artists being represented, I don’t think this 2022 exhibition was that intersectional… especially in terms of who is being seen on the walls.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Candi B. 10 months ago on Google • 43 reviews
    A very pleasant Saturday afternoon visit. Great staff in the form of Damian & the admission/gift shop team. Inexpensive, with allowances and discounts for senior citizens and students. There's a lot of art to see from downstairs to upstairs so wear comfortable footwear & follow the simple rules - you can take pictures, but not with the flash on and don't touch the pieces.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Kami I. 9 months ago on Google • 169 reviews
    Great gallery, well set out with many interesting exhibits. Only a couple of pounds to visit so well, well worth it. After, pop into the ROK hotels for a bite to eat. Highly recommended.

  • 4/5 Sebastian P. 4 years ago on Google
    Take your entire family here. Lovely place bearing a vast collection of historic Jamaican paintings and sculptures. The pieces are properly placed and the gallery is very clean. Most of the pieces are displayed upstairs though so for persons who are not able to walk, that will be a challenge, but otherwise, every art lover must visit this place.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 SuYen G. 1 year ago on Google
    Went to the Kingston Biennial ! It was lovely. Definitely a most see!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ju P. 5 years ago on Google
    An exquisite exhibition of authentic Jamaican 🇯🇲 art 🖼 They have different exhibitions, for various times of the year. The ambiance is great and the gallery is very spacious. Students and senior citizens with ID enter free otherwise, there’s a $400 JMD entry fee. They have art pieces at an affordable cost as well as handmade jewelry.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Stacey D. 6 months ago on Google • 65 reviews
    What a beautiful gallery! We enjoyed our 1.5-hour visit to this museum. Tons of history. Check it out!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rashida G. 6 months ago on Google • 25 reviews
    Pro tip: sign up for their newsletter so you’ll know when they have up new exhibits. It’s reasonably priced too.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Megan R. 6 months ago on Google • 100 reviews
    I live art and art galleries. Never a bad experience for me. Very friendly staff, reasonably priced and it was quite interesting and relaxing. Totally enjoyed that.

  • 5/5 Natalia R. 10 months ago on Google • 94 reviews
    An absolutely fantastic way to spend an afternoon! Spent around 3 hours and was unable to complete all the exhibitions. A wide selection of Jamaican art! Will definitely be going back soon. The QR codes are helpful in providing information on the pieces, just wish they were on all the pieces.

  • 4/5 Delly S. 5 years ago on Google
    The gallery was an awesome experience. I went back in history with the Taino, Spanish & British displays. The current Reggae Month art exhibition from around the world was very impressive. The different styles and representations of reggae made me feel very proud to be citizen by birth of Jamaica.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Desley G. 1 year ago on Google
    If you wanna see talent, creativity or just experience really good art, this is the place. There is normally an exhibit in rotation downstairs and the general exhibit on the second floor. The rotating exhibition never disappoints, I was able to see “Pressure” and it was WOW. The details, the intricacies and of course the talent! Very good work!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rochelle K. 5 years ago on Google
    As the largest art gallery in the Anglophone Caribbean, the National Gallery doesn't disappoint. It boasts 4 permanent galleries and usually an additional temporary exhibit showcasing the talent and richness of the Jamaican art scene from 1000AD to present. Admission is JA$400, except on their 'Last Sundays' special programming held on the last Sunday of every month which is free. Paid parking is available adjacent to the gallery. Definitely worth several visits!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Kesi G. 2 years ago on Google
    The Jamaica Jamaica exhibition experience is worth it! Interesting to see the development of Jamaican music over the decades
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Angus “ang” G. 2 years ago on Google
    Just flew by on google maps, looks great cheers
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Aleksandra V. 4 years ago on Google
    Constantly evolving and impressive collection with a balance of Jamaican classics and contemporaries. Very kind and attentive staff. Belisario is a must see.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dwayne S. 5 years ago on Google
    Great place of culture and learning. Also optimum for entertainment. Check the 'Last Sundays' held the last Sunday of each month. Free for all to enter
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lesia B. 5 years ago on Google
    I loved it here, such a beautiful place with all those incredible artwork of the talented local artist. It is so worth spending a day in the gallery full of so much history and culture. Loved it.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sharifa G. 4 years ago on Google
    This was my second visit and it was as good as the first. Another great experience I am recommending to everyone as much is depicted through the various pieces of work on display at any given time. There are pieces for everyone to appreciate.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ade B. 1 year ago on Google
    Great gallery that documents the history of Jamaica. We also saw the latest exhibition on reggae posters that we all enjoyed.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Rosalena R. 5 months ago on Google • 36 reviews
    Electic and facinating collection of art by talented Jamaicans. Regular exhibitions of newer work but extremely disappointing that there are only a scant/ few pieces in the historical collection.

  • 5/5 Sharlon M. 7 months ago on Google • 9 reviews
    I had a great time. Its a nice date option or girls day out. Inside was clean and cool and features a wide variety of art. They also have a gift shop and you have to option to book a tour at an additional cost.

  • 5/5 Liana 4 months ago on Google • 3 reviews
    Beautiful experience, they are always adding new exhibitions.

  • 5/5 Kewana F. 5 years ago on Google
    Exquite art. Loved the Edna Manle section

  • 4/5 Sir Christopher B. 3 years ago on Google
    Visiting here is like going back in time, reliving historical memories and events. If you should ever make it to Kingston, ensure to make a stop here, and bring your camera as well. Very welcoming staffs, excellent hostess and a welcoming atmosphere.

  • 5/5 Amar S. 4 years ago on Google
    Wonderful

  • 5/5 Frank d. 5 years ago on Google
    Went randomly and found a random reggae exposition. A great deal of designs for reggae from all over the world.

  • 5/5 Tyesha T. 4 years ago on Google
    One of my favourite places in Jamaica for my spot of visual and performing art, especially on Last Sundays. Love the new exhibition

  • 4/5 Jhenelle L. 4 years ago on Google
    Really beautiful space. Lots of beautiful pieces.

  • 5/5 Dahlia H. 4 years ago on Google
    A beautiful gallery giving you a sampling of Jamaica's great artistic wealth. A must see when you visit Kingston, the capital of Jamaica.

  • 5/5 Alicia S. 1 year ago on Google
    One of my favourite places to visit

  • 3/5 Kwame A T. 2 years ago on Google
    It's currently being renovated as such, you don't have as much access & due to Covid19 Protocols, you no longer get guided tours, besides all that, the exhibits are great to look at

  • 4/5 Sheldon G. 4 years ago on Google
    It was pretty good. It's deceptively larger than it looks when you first walk in. I think there's an opportunity to install art outside and around the building that makes it more of a destination and opportunity to take pictures. A permanent exhibit on the history of Jamaican art, including the original peoples would be interesting as well.

  • 1/5 Tracey T. 1 year ago on Google
    It's worth a visit with some interesting exhibits but the gallery falls short with poor text/interpretation that supports the work on show. I recommend they spend more time on developing information for visitors about the works and artists. Improve text labels and give the walls some tlc to show of the best of Jamaican art. The historical gallery is in need of a signficant re-think it presents 'colonial Jamaica' and especially the period under slavery with absolutely no interpretation or context about it's legacy. I would of thought it would be the leading centre of slavery history and material culture on the island. There is so much information about almost all the works in the historical gallery which would create a fascinating exhibition and help people to learn, debate and reflect on Jamaica's past.

  • 4/5 Antoine C. 1 year ago on Google
    Very spacious venue to view and display your artwork. I had visited here for a art show hosted by the JCDC and it was great. A gift store is located there as well, if you want souvenirs to take abroad or home.

  • 3/5 Jodiann S. 1 year ago on Google
    A lot of things not there anymore, I took my daughter there and she was so eager to get out. I just went there because it's peaceful in there. And they charge like $400 JMD to look at what?

  • 4/5 Tashnie P. 1 year ago on Google
    Staff were very friendly and helpful. Gift shop stock was low/limited, and staff went above and beyond to find what they we wanted. Ashamed the cafe wasn't open. Wide range of artist in a well constructed environment, ashamed the website was not comprehensive prior to visiting.

  • 5/5 Rohan Everton S. 4 years ago on Google
    Culture

  • 4/5 Samuel B. 4 years ago on Google
    Gallery of local fine art. A must visit for visitors who are interested in the indigenous fine arts of Jamaica.

  • 4/5 Gamil C. 4 years ago on Google
    Exhibit "Jamaica Jamaica" is fantastic go and visit.

  • 5/5 Shemario G. 4 years ago on Google
    Loved it

  • 4/5 collin b. 4 years ago on Google
    Excellent

  • 5/5 Keo C. 4 years ago on Google
    Greatest National Gallery in Jamaica.

  • 3/5 mickey w. 4 years ago on Google
    NOT BAD

  • 5/5 Desmond R. 4 years ago on Google
    A must for any Art lover

  • 4/5 Ismael 4 years ago on Google
    How people in this country run too much, if they´re smokin´ joint every day?

  • 5/5 Damian A. 4 years ago on Google
    Educational and informative

  • 4/5 tyreece m. 4 years ago on Google
    Very cultural

  • 3/5 Ann-Marie P. 4 years ago on Google
    I have to be at these places. Rastafari business

  • 4/5 Philip B. 4 years ago on Google
    Food was great. Service was great. But waited long to get our food.

  • 5/5 Nancy G. 4 years ago on Google
    Went to the NGJ end-of-month programme which was a performance by Nexus. Great music, good voices... great discussion of artwork by Jamaican artists. Extremely worthwhile

  • 4/5 Rachel H. 4 years ago on Google
    A somewhat sized art gallery with a focus on Jamaican artists. Spent over an hour touring their permanent exhibit on the upper floor, unfortunately their temporary exhibit was under renovation while we were there. The price to enter was fair and they have a small gift shop and café.

  • 4/5 Candace R. 4 years ago on Google
    There is always something new and inspiring to see at the National Gallery.

  • 4/5 Queen E. 4 years ago on Google
    After not visiting since 2013. I was pleased to return and see the excellent professional staff, quality service and standards are being maintained.

  • 5/5 June R. 4 years ago on Google
    Great to see such fantastic Jamaican artists on display. One of Kingston's gems

  • 5/5 Wayne T. 4 years ago on Google
    Everyone should take a stroll! Free to the public every last Sunday of the month. Amazing tour. Jamaica on full display.

  • 5/5 Lioness S. 4 years ago on Google
    The new Jamaica Exhibition is a must see, it's so exciting, it really takes you back in history and highlights great contributions that uplifted Jamaican music. Overall lots of (he)art and history to see

  • 5/5 Kerrian W. 4 years ago on Google
    very educational

  • 3/5 Lexaay 4 years ago on Google
    Great place to hosts conferences of any type. If your thinking of having a convention this can be suitable place for you, there are different rooms for different types of gatherings

  • 3/5 Adrian C. 4 years ago on Google
    I went there today to do some research it was nice , air conditioner room etc

  • 3/5 Jelly B. 4 years ago on Google
    For artwork from Jamaica...

  • 4/5 D Y. 4 years ago on Google
    Always something to see and discover

  • 5/5 Dario T. 4 years ago on Google
    Good

  • 4/5 Shanice N. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful gallery, so much to see

  • 4/5 jermaine m. 4 years ago on Google
    National treasure for Jamaican art work

  • 5/5 Alexander N. 4 years ago on Google
    Good assortment of art and historical pieces. I would go again.

  • 5/5 Sage B. 4 years ago on Google
    Absolutely incredible and moving artwork. Both modern and historical pieces. Last Sundays of the month there is often a performance of some sort.

  • 5/5 Corent M. 4 years ago on Google
    Art appeals to the senses, moods and emotions through the various stories told by the artists. I could sit at the NAJ for hours just taking it all in.

  • 4/5 Simeon S. 4 years ago on Google
    It's ok

  • 5/5 Lee R. 4 years ago on Google
    It's not just an art exhibition but its a peep inside a people's history from a colonial past to the resilience built and the courage that led to using talent as a medium and language of protest and release.

  • 5/5 Maurice B. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome Jamaica Jamaica exhibition

  • 4/5 Shauna-gay M. 4 years ago on Google
    Loved that the staff were so accommodating to my children on our visit

  • 5/5 Janeen 4 years ago on Google
    The National Gallery is a must visit if you want to dig beneath the surface to uncover Jamaica's art, roots, history and culture. The exhibits are always phenomenal and I never leave without learning or experiencing something new.

  • 5/5 Leïla S. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Magic moment ????????? (Original) Magique moment ?????????

  • 5/5 David W. 4 years ago on Google
    Great experience

  • 5/5 Joycelin W. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice place

  • 4/5 Davell O. 11 months ago on Google • 2 reviews
    It's a very interesting place to visit. Every Jamaican should at least see this place once, just to see the creations of various Jamaican artists. My only wish is that they should include more works from the rastafarian community as well as recent works from young up and coming artists. But aside from that, this place is great. The entire building is air conditioned and some parts of the floor are carpeted. Also there are seats provided to take a break. It costs only JMD$400 for adults to enter
    1 person found this review helpful 👍


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