National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) Tours
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For a real taste of Bahamian culture, head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau. Housed in a classic 19th-century colonial-style building known as Villa Doyle in the center of town, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by local artists from the 1850s to the present day.
The National Art Gallery collection comprises a wide range of works including ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and textiles, with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary artists. In additional to the permanent collection, the museum regularly hosts special exhibitions focusing on how art reflects different aspects of the island nation’s culture and history. For a more comprehensive experience of the gallery, consider booking a guided tour, which must be organized in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The National Art Gallery is a lovely stop for those wanting to learn more about Bahamian art, culture, and history.
- Discounts are available for local residents, seniors, and students. Children under the age of 12 visit for free.
- The gallery is accessible to wheelchair users.
- There is an on-site store selling works by local artists.
How to Get There
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is located on West Hill Street in Nassau, close to St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and the National Heritage Museum. It is walking distance from downtown Nassau and the cruise terminal. Visitor parking is available on-site.
When to Get There
The museum is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm to 5pm Sunday; it is usually busiest in the mornings.
Visit a Library Housed in a Jail
Just a couple of blocks from the National Gallery, past Government House, there’s an unusual octagonal building with a domed roof painted flamingo pink. This is Nassau Public Library, formerly the town’s jail—only today the jail cells house the library’s books instead of the town’s prisoners. Head up to the top-floor veranda for panoramic views of the city and the ocean.
Address: Villa Doyle, W Hill St, Nassau, Bahamas
4 Tours and Activities to Experience National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
This sightseeing tour with a local guide packs an impressive amount of history and cultural insight into one tour. Visit landmarks such as the Queen's Staircase, Rawson Square, Parliament Square, Forts Fincastle and Montagu, and Straw Market, where you can purchase Bahamian souvenirs. You’ll also sample local foods such as chocolate, rum cake, and piña coladas.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Maximize your time in Nassau by renting your own bus for the day. Perfect for families, wedding parties, and groups, choose from more than 30 island activities to create a customized adventure with a pre-arranged itinerary. A professional guide shares a wealth of information about Nassau along the way, and the bus is decked out with snorkeling gear, inflatable toys and rafts, and boogie boards in case you spontaneously decide to hit the beach.
Take a guided tour of historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Points of interest include the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, The Nassau Public Library/ Former Prison, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House and much more. Discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. We will take a lunch break at the vibrant and energetic food spot called Arawak Cay where, at a nominal fee, you may sample food and beverages unique to the islands of the Bahamas. Then, a stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors. Our tours are safely led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Comfortable, clean and well-maintained beach cruisers.
Take a guided tour of historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Points of interest include the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, The Nassau Public Library/ Former Prison, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House and much more. Discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. Then, a stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors. Our tours are safely led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)?
The best ways to experience National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) are:
- City Tour
- Bus for a Day
- Half-Day Cultural Bike Tour of Downtown Nassau with a Guide
- Dilly Dally Walking Tour of Nassau
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