Another top Kingston attraction is the National Gallery of Jamaica—the island’s largest public art gallery. It's the best place on the island to see a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica. There are eight permanent exhibitions, including a pre-20th-century collection of historical artifacts that can be traced back over seven centuries—from religious effigies made by Taino Indians, the first people of Jamaica; to national hero Marcus Garvey’s walking stick. The permanent collection displays works of Carl Abrahams, Cecil Baugh, John Dunkley, Edna Manley, Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds, Barrington Watson and other legends of Jamaican art. A recent exhibition of "Young Talent V" really blew the lid off, with captivating art from young Jamaican artists not hesitant to mix high art and popular culture. The gallery offers guided tours and children’s art programs; there’s also a gift shop with an impressive collection of art books and a coffee shop. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Take note, the entrance is on Orange Street. To familiarize yourself with the gallery, check out their page on Facebook, which is updated regularly.
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
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