The National Gallery of Jamaica displays works chronologically, starting with exceptionally rare wood carvings from the indigenous Taino people and continuing through the colonial era into the modern day. An entire exhibit is devoted to the works of sculptor Edna Manley, considered the mother of modern Jamaican art. Guides are available to give tours, and some cultural tours of the city stop here.
Things to Know Before You Go
The National Gallery of Jamaica is a must-visit for art lovers.
Children under age 3 get in free.
Cultural events and special exhibits are frequently held here; check with the gallery for details.
How to Get There
The National Gallery of Jamaica is located near the waterfront, just steps from Port Royal Street and a 7-minute walk from the Kingston Railway Station. It's about a 35-minute bus ride (lines 76 and 78) or a 15-minute taxi ride from the Bob Marley Museum in uptown Kingston.
When to Get There
The National Gallery of Jamaica is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 4:30pm, Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. It's a great year-round destination and a good indoor choice if you happen to be visiting during the rainy season (approximately May through October).
Often referred to as the mother of Jamaican art, Edna Manley was known for her wood carving and sculpture, much of which is on display in the National Gallery of Jamaica. In fact, it was her art that helped launch the museum's collection—the people of Jamaica joined forces to buy her famous sculptureNegro Aroused, which was later the cornerstone of the national collection. Her husband, Norman Manley, served as the chief minister and premier of Jamaica, and her son was Jamaica’s prime minister.
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