West & West Hill Sts. W Hill St, Nassau, Bahamas
NileGuide Expert tip:
Check out their website www.nagb.org.bs for days when they are open. Be warned - at present this does not include Sunday or Monday.
Located within walking distance of the main downtown shopping district, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas sits in the heart of "Old Nassau" within a beautiful former mansion - Villa Doyle - which dates back to 1860. The mansion underwent a seven year restoration to its current glory and with its wood floor porches and position on the top of a hill overlooking Nassau Harbour (where the cruise ships dock) the house presents an excellent spot to gain a bird's eye view of downtown Nassau as well as the chance to see some of the country's best artists display their works. On a yearly basis, the gallery will present several different exhibitions showcasing the work of various artists, ranging from the legendary and traditional to the more cutting edge. The NAGB has a mission to collect, preserve and promote a national collection of art of the Bahamas for the benefit and education of Bahamians and visitors. For those of you looking for souvenirs, the gallery houses a shop selling originals, replicas and prints of Bahamian art pieces, along with handmade items including jewelry, baskets, quilts, clothing and catalogues of past exhibitions.