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.
The Taino Collection
The oldest artefacts in our collection that reflect the socio-economic and political characteristics of the Taino – Jamaica’s first people.
The African Collection
One of the largest collection of artefacts of African origin in the Americas. This ethnographic collection reflects the social, economic and political life of West and East African societies.
The Port Royal Collection
A collection primarily recovered from underwater archaeological excavations, represents the fascinating history of Port Royal before and after the devastating earthquake in 1692.
National Museum Jamaica’s Online database is a growing repository of artefacts that spans over 2000 years of Jamaica’s material culture heritage. Anyone can explore the database by keywords search and by browsing the object, library, photos and archive catalogues.
What’s New in Our Collection!
New to the National Collection is this Bill of Lading from the 1800. This documentary artefact was donated to National Museum Jamaica by Mr. Kenneth Shelson. Please click on the link for more information: https://nationalmuseumjamaica.pastperfectonline.com/Archive/7D60137C-558A-4927-A684-127540761483