The National Gallery of Jamaica, which was established in 1974, is the oldest and largest public art gallery in the Anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings. A significant part of its collections is on permanent view. The NGJ also has an active exhibition programme, which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic exhibitions, guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibitions that originate outside of the island, and, its flagship exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial. The NGJ offers a range of educational services, including guided tours, lectures and panel discussions, and children’s art programmes and also operates a gift shop and coffee shop.
In 2014, the NGJ opened a branch, National Gallery West, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre on Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay. This branch features an average of four exhibitions per year, some of which are specifically curated for National Gallery West while others are based on exhibitions previously shown in Kingston. Guided tours are offered and other educational programmes are being developed.
The National Gallery of Jamaica is a division of the Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.