Jamaica National Gallery
Jamaica National Gallery
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A gallery specializing in Jamaican art from the 1920s to the present, with a particularly strong collection of Edna Manley's sculpture.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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George Willis
Glasgow, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The Jamaica National Gallery is a small yet sound gallery that I would suggest to anyone that loves art. The gallery is in a very nice building and is laid out well; walking through the peaceful atmosphere of the two floors feels great. The art covered many different themes and types and although there is not loads in the gallery it was mostly interesting pieces. The exhibition that was on when I visited 'Women of Reggae" was also pretty good although quite humble in its offerings. I would have loved for the gift shop to offer prints from the "Women in Reggae' exhibition however none were available. Overall, for a visitor to Kingston that adores art I would certainly recommend a visit to the gallery as it was very interesting and in a lovely building but I would say it may be less compatible for families with small children etc. as they could speed through it very quickly and may not find it too engaging.
Written June 25, 2023
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RichardtheTeacher
Brooklyn, NY39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This should be the #1 attraction in Kingston. Has a blend of modern and traditional art. Great sculpture from Kapo and Edna Manley. A historical gallery largely of landscape and portraits. At 400 J ( $2.50 US), this beats the touristy Marley Museum at $30 us. There's a bonus of an art walk of mural art a few blocks north of the museum
Written February 12, 2024
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Sugarbun
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Go see Pressure - current multimedia, jaw- droppingly good exhibition containing a collection of some of Jamaica's finest contemporary artists. Would be equally at home in New York or London etc. Terriffic to see Jamaica taking its considerable home-grown talent seriously. Even my teenage son was mildly entertained!
Written August 13, 2022
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Richard Peppinck
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Business
We lived in Kingston for two years and have just returned to Canada this month. The National Gallery is a national treasure waiting to be discovered. The Final Sunday of every month of has a bit added to the exhibits that are fantastic. Permenant exhibits are lovely and new shows usually will challenge ones aesthetic passions.
Written January 22, 2016
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Nancy G
Kingston, Jamaica220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
We went to the National Gallery's Last Sunday of the Month, a free afternoon at the Gallery, in December, 2018 and attended a performance of Nexus (a performing arts company) as well as seeing the exhibits at the Gallery. We were thrilled by the experience! Nexus designed its performance to match the elements of the art work being shown at the Gallery, and engaged the audience in an interactive performance as the troupe moved through the exhibit. Members of the Gallery staff assisted in organising the movement of the "audience" with the Nexus troupe. It was a wonderful afternoon. Highly recommend attending the Last Sunday of the Month performances at the National Gallery!
Written January 6, 2019
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Charmainebk
Kingston, Jamaica12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
Quite a lesson in history and current affairs. the display of local talent is unbeleivable. One would not know that there was so much artistic talent in the island. And the pieces available for sale are quie reasonable in price, even jewelery.
Written October 6, 2012
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Nancy G
Kingston, Jamaica220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
Not only does Jamaica have wonderful artists whose works are carefully exhibited in the National Gallery, but the Gallery itself is well laid out and provides a pleasant afternoon's experience. The Gallery is well-curated, and the special shows are always worth seeing. The first time I went to the National Gallery was to see a Eugene Hyde retrospective (many years ago), and the experience was so compelling that, instead of spending a hour or two, my colleague and I spent all that afternoon and then returned the following morning! That initial experience has been repeated every time I have visited the Gallery: there is never enough time to see everything as thoroughly as one would like. Highly recommended for any visitor to Kingston.
Written July 14, 2012
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Tina C
Los Angeles, CA408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
I visited the National Art Gallery several years ago and enjoyed it....so this year (May 2011), I wanted to go back again. I did just that, and to my surprise they have made this place even nicer than it was before. There's now a little coffee shop on the premises, as well as a very nice gift/book shop. I thoroughly enjoyed the art gallery, and after I was done I treated myself to a nice cup of coffee and piece of cake right there in their Cafe. Afterwards, I strolled thru the very nice gift shop and even though I didn't plan on purchaseing anything, i did find a book on Jamaican Poetry that I just had to have! There is a fee to get into the gallery, but it's very minimal. Also, the staff is super nice, so if you have any questions regarding ANYthing, just ask them!
Written September 13, 2011
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sixfootta
Tampa, FL3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience and insight into Jamaican art, culture and heritage. Worth the trip!
Written December 18, 2010
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Nelly T
Bradford, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Well worth a visit. This gallery has fabulous exhibitions and paintings that depict Jamaican history from the indigenous people, slavery right through to modern time. Sadly we were the only visitors! It takes about an hour and a half to go round,and I would highly recommend it
Written September 18, 2019
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