The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will welcome visitors through its doors once again on October 5, 2021, as it begins a phased re-opening of its facilities to the public. The NGJ had been temporarily closed to the public since March 14, 2020, in keeping with the Jamaican Government’s strategies to curtail the ongoing spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) in Jamaica and its risks to public health.
The facilities that will be re-opened to visitors are the Gift and Coffee Shops; as well as the highly acclaimed Jamaica Jamaica! exhibition, which originally opened at the NGJ on February 2, 2020. The NGJ permanent exhibitions as well as the Reading Room will remain closed until further notice.
All guided tours and face-to-face educational services will be suspended until further notice; however, research requests will continue to be facilitated via phone call and email at email@example.com. Additionally, information on the NGJ collections and Jamaican Art in general, can be found on the NGJ blog, as well as at all social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
In welcoming visitors back to the NGJ, in a manner that is safe and healthy for its patrons and staff, the following protocols are being implemented:
- The NGJ will be opened to visitors Tuesdays to Fridays at the following times daily: 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
- The NGJ will be closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.
- In order to facilitate daily mandatory sanitisation procedures, visitors will not be granted entry to the NGJ, between 12:00pm and 1:00pm (no appointments needed).
- A maximum capacity of 30 visitors will be admitted for each of the above-stated opening times.
- All visitors will be required to wear facial masks or shields upon entry and during their visit.
- All visitors will be subject to temperature checks and sanitisation upon entry.
- All visitors will be required to maintain a social distance of at least six (6) feet from others.
- No medium or large bags will be allowed inside the building.
- The Coffee Shop will be opened for take-out only – no dining will be allowed.
The National Gallery of Jamaica would like to use this opportunity to thank the public for its understanding and patience, in these challenging times, as well as to re-iterate its commitment to the research, preservation and promotion of Jamaican artistic heritage, for the benefit of all.