The Education Department is responsible for the development and implementation of all educational programmes that accompany every exhibition. This unit is also responsible for outreach programmes in schools, communities and Organizations Island wide.


Exhibitions are a very important part of the function of National Museum Jamaica, as this is one of the main ways that the museum disseminates information to the public. These exhibitions can be either temporary or permanent, and features a range of subject matter all focused on Jamaica’s history and ethnography. 


The National Collection comprises over 19,000 artefacts dating from the pre-Columbian era of Jamaica’s history up to modern times. Each artefact we collect, store and care for is an invaluable part of the story of the Jamaican people.

Jamaican Genius 360 Display

For more than a century, unique artefacts have been bequeathed to the Nation and held in trust for its citizens by the Institute of Jamaica. The items on display are a sample of ‘things Jamaican’, a few special pieces that are historically important or made to inspire Jamaican pride.
Most Jamaicans have long been accustomed to receive little more than the proverbial basket to carry water. Often those with the least have shown unexpected genius by turning their hands to make life richer and more rewarding: Be it by mimicking products brought from abroad or by dint of necessity devising homespun objects, tools, methods and ideas. Our people have imagined and created so much for us to be proud.
In honour of the 58th anniversary of the Independence of our Nation, we present ‘Jamaican Genius’, a 360degree virtual tour where you can enjoy a sample of ‘things Jamaican’.


Note: Move mouse cursor over the images below, then click and drag to look around the display

Step 1

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Vitrine A
Burial Duho (Miniature), Abolition Medallion 1840, Prime Ministers’ Jamaica 30th Anniversary Commemorative Bowl

Vitrine B
Abeng, Goombeh Drum, Jamaica’s Christian Quattie

Stand C
Sydney Modest Violin, Lebanese Boy’s Shirwal
Donated by the Handal Family.

The One Love – Golden Guitar
Bat Guitar – Small Axe II (type1)
Michael Plummer, 2000

Step 2

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Vitrine E
The Millers (David Miller Sr., David Miller Jr.)
Tortoiseshell Comb/Case, Bauble Dish with Scalloped Rim

Stand F

Step 3

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Vitrine G
Jamaica Independence Urn, Island Worcester Porcelain, 1962
Wedgewood Commemorative Cup (1975 reproduction), 
Independence Commemorative Pieces

Wall H

Wall I

Jamaican Genius Virtual Tour

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Virtual Outreach

National Museum West presents our Virtual Outreach Program, where you can bring the excitement of Jamaica’s History and Culture into your home, classroom, library or really… anywhere! Give us a call at 1876-971-9417 or email us at sbalfour@museums-ioj.org.jm to book your session. Cost is absolutely free! See flyer for more details.

Institute of Jamaica

10 – 16 East Street
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
Tel: 876-922-0620-6
Email: info@instituteofjamaica.org.jm

National Museum Jamaica

10 East Street
Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
Tel: 876-922-3795

National Museum West

Sam Sharpe Square
Montego Bay, St. James
Jamaica W.I.
Tel: 876-971-3920 or 876-940-6402

People’s Museum

Old King’s House
Emancipation Square
Spanish Town, St. Catherine
Jamaica W.I
Tel: 876-665-4786